Dr Erin Maglaque
Department of History
Lecturer in Early Modern European History
+44 114 222 2615
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I completed my D.Phil at Oxford in 2015, before spending three further years in Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow at Oriel College. I then spent a year as a lecturer at the University of St Andrews, before joining the Department in 2018.
I am a historian of early modern Europe, particularly the cultural history of early modern Italy. My first book, Venice’s Intimate Empire: Family Life and Scholarship in the Renaissance Mediterranean was published by Cornell University Press in 2018.
- Research interests
I am a cultural historian of Italy in the early modern period. My research contains two strands: first, Italy's transnational connections across the Mediterranean; and secondly, the relationship between gender, family, and political culture in the early modern period.
My first book, Venice’s Intimate Empire: Family Life and Scholarship in the Renaissance Mediterranean (Cornell University Press in 2018) focuses on the early modern Venetian empire, which extended from the Venetian lagoon to Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean. The book draws on private writings, humanist geographies, letters, and the extensive Venetian archives to piece together the ways in which Venetian governing families experienced and negotiated Venice’s Mediterranean empire. It is particularly interested in integrating gender and family history into our understanding of the political culture of empire.
I am embarking on new research that unites these interests in gender and the family into the history of Italy's multi-ethnic, multi-confessional early modern past.
- Venice's intimate empire: Family life and scholarship in the renaissance mediterranean. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
- The Literary Culture of the Renaissance Venetian Empire. Italian Studies, 73(1), 1-18.
- In Light of Another’s Word: European Ethnography in the Middle Ages, by Shirin A. Khanmohamadi. The English Historical Review, 132(558), 1283-1284.
- Daughters of Venice: Caterina Corner, Queen of Cyprus and Woman of the Renaissance by Holly Hurlburt. The English Historical Review, 132(557), 967-969.
- Itinerario per la Terraferma Veneziana, by Marino Sanudo, ed. Gian Maria Varanini. The English Historical Review, 131(551), 894-896.
- Venice and the Veneto during the Renaissance: The Legacy of Benjamin Kohl, ed. Michael Knapton, John E. Law and Alison Smith. The English Historical Review, 131(549), 427-429.
- Pilgrim and Preacher: The Audiences and Observant Spirituality of Friar Felix Fabri (1437/8–1502), by Kathryne Beebe. The English Historical Review, 131(548), 168-170.
- Cyprus at the Crossroads: Geographical Perceptions and Representations from the Fifteenth Century. Imago Mundi, 68(1), 108-109.
- Peter N. Miller, Peiresc’s Mediterranean World. European History Quarterly, 46(1), 166-168.
- Before Orientalism: Asian Peoples and Cultures in European Travel Writing, 1245–1510, by K.M. Phillips. The English Historical Review, 130(543), 429-431.
- Humanism and Colonial Governance in the Venetian Ageaen: The Case of Giovanni Bembo. Journal of Early Modern History, 19(1), 45-70.
- Care Work and the Family in Catholic Reformation Tuscany. Past and Present.
- Venetian Families, Venice's Intimate Empire (pp. 22-41). Cornell University Press
- Introduction, Venice's Intimate Empire (pp. 1-21). Cornell University Press
- Documenting the Mediterranean World, Venice's Intimate Empire (pp. 42-63). Cornell University Press
- Becoming Istrian, Venice's Intimate Empire (pp. 85-103). Cornell University Press
- Gender and Identity between Venice and the Mediterranean, Venice's Intimate Empire (pp. 64-84). Cornell University Press
- On the Borders of Italy, Venice's Intimate Empire (pp. 124-145). Cornell University Press
- Colonial Governance and Mythology on Skiathos, Venice's Intimate Empire (pp. 104-123). Cornell University Press
- Conclusion, Venice's Intimate Empire (pp. 146-154). Cornell University Press
- Devotional and Artistic Responses to Contested Space in Old Cairo: The Case of Al-Mu'allaqah, Sacred Precincts (pp. 141-157). BRILL
- Research group
I am happy to supervise students interested in any aspect of early modern European history, in particular those with interests in Italy or the Mediterranean world, empire, political culture, or gender.
- Teaching activities
- HST112 - Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
- HST115 - The ‘Disenchantment’ of Early Modern Europe
- HST246 - Gender, Culture and Society in Britain 1650-1850
- HST2517 - Culture in Early Modern Europe
- HST3000 - The Uses of History
- Public engagement
I co-curated the 2015 exhibition ‘Boomtown: Silver and Science, Riches and Radicalism in Renaissance Bohemia’ at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.