Image of Leonie PriceLeonie Price

Title: Initials, Goods and Buildings: Marriage as a Material and Social Practice in Early Modern England
Period: 1500-1800
Funded by: AHRC White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH)
Start Year: 2019

Primary: Professor Phil Withington | Secondary: Dr Kate Davison


Academic background

  • M.A. Historical Research, University of Sheffield, 2018
  • B.A. (Hons.) History, Durham University, 2016

Research topic

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.

Affiliations and Awards


  • Crewe History MA Dissertation Prize (University of Sheffield, October 2018) £150
  • MA Fees and Maintenance Scholarship (WRoCAH, September 2017 – September, 2018) £10,000