Leonie Price

Department of History

Research student & Teaching assistant

Leonie Price

Thesis title: Initials, Goods and Buildings: Marriage as a Material and Social Practice in Early Modern England.




Thesis abstract:

My project is an examination of emotion and materiality in late seventeenth-century England. It explores the meanings of ‘marriage initials’ in particular: a common but neglected phenomenon present upon domestic objects and buildings from the 1650s onwards.

Tracing the significance of these inscriptions, my thesis uses dated marriage initials to investigate early modern relationships with goods and the role of the material world in facilitating, understanding and commemorating early modern marriage.

  • PhD History, University of Sheffield, 2019 - present
  • MA Historical Research, University of Sheffield, 2018
  • BA (Hons) History, Durham University, 2016


  • PhD scholarship: AHRC White Rose College of Arts and Humanities
  • Crewe History MA Dissertation Prize (University of Sheffield, October 2018) £150
  • MA Fees and Maintenance Scholarship (WRoCAH, September 2017 – September, 2018) £10,000
Teaching activities

University of Sheffield Teaching Assistant 2020-21 academic year: 

  • HST115 The 'Disenchantment' of Early Modern Europe, c. 1570-1770
Publications and conferences

Conference and seminar papers:

  • ‘Initials at Eyam Hall: marriage and materiality in an early modern home’, Vernacular Architecture Group Winter Conference, January 2020
  • ‘Materiality and architecture in early modern England: initials and initial challenges’, White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities Autumn Conference, October 2019