Dr Laura Sangha



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I am a historian of religious cultures in early modern England, investigating belief and practice during the 'long' Reformation c.1450-1700. My research relates to processes of religious change in their social and political contexts. I am particularly interested in early modern life-writing, beliefs associated with the supernatural, patterns of disenchantment and re-enchantment, the development of natural and mechanical philosophy and the emergence of the new thinking, and the interface between official and 'popular' expectations and mentalities. My first monograph, Angels and Belief in England 1480-1700 was published in 2012, and with Jonathan Willis I recently edited Understanding Early Modern Primary Sources. My new research is on early modern life-writing, and is currently focused around the archive of the pious antiquarian and diarist Ralph Thoresby, 1658-1725.

I design and teach modules on Tudor England, supernatural belief and the 'Long Reformation', c.1560-1700, and I also contribute to modules on the medieval and early modern periods, and on historical theory and skills. I am a member of  Exeter's Centre for Early Modern Studies. Beyond university, I am one of four co-contributors to the many-headed monster, a collaborative research blog on all things early modern, and I tweet @_drsang: find out more about my work there.