Erin MaglaqueDr Erin Maglaque

D.Phil. (Oxford)

Lecturer in Early Modern European History

History of early modern Europe, history of the Mediterranean

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Semester Two 2019/20 Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00-13:00



Erin completed her D.Phil at Oxford in 2015, before spending three further years in Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow at Oriel College. She then spent a year as a lecturer at the University of St Andrews, before joining the Department in 2018.

Erin is a historian of early modern Europe, particularly the cultural history of early modern Italy. Her first book, Venice’s Intimate Empire: Family Life and Scholarship in the Renaissance Mediterranean was published by Cornell University Press in 2018.


Current Research

Erin is a cultural historian of Italy in the early modern period. Her 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.

Her 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.

She is 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.

Research Supervision

Erin is 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.



'The Literary Culture of the Venetian Mediterranean', Italian Studies 73/1 (February 2018).

'Humanism and Colonial Governance in the Venetian Aegean: The Case of Giovanni Bembo', Journal of Early Modern History 19/1 (2015): 45-70.

Book Chapters

'Devotional and Artistic Responses to Contested Space in Old Cairo: The Case of Al-Mu’allakah', Sacred Precincts: Non-Muslim Sites in Islamic Societies, ed. M. Gharipour (Brill, 2014): 143-157.


Module Leader

HST246 Gender, Culture and Society in Britain 1650-1850


This module will give students the chance to consider one of the most important, exciting and original areas of recent historical research: gender. The module aims to encourage students to consider broad questions and theories about gender history through one specific context: Britain between the years 1689-1837. It was during this period that Britain was transformed from an early-modern to a modern nation. Students will explore the comparative experiences of men and women during a series of momentous developments, including the Enlightenment, the industrial revolution, the emergence of a class society, the emergence of popular participation as a significant feature in political life, and the development of the ideology of separate spheres. The module will thus enable students to assess the part played by gender in the emergence of 'modern' British society. Students will be encouraged to explore how a focus on gender encourages new interpretations of the key economic, political, social and cultural developments of this period.


HST2517 Culture in Early Modern Europe

Culture is the key to understanding how societies thought and behaved in the past. Early modern Europe – a period of immense cultural change and conflict – is no different. This wide ranging course introduces students to ideas about culture and examines how cultural history has revolutionised what we know about the lives of men, women and children in Europe between 1500 and 1800. Building on a rich historiography and through a series of intriguing case studies, the course draws on wide range of sources – such as diaries, letters, and legal records, to printed works, art and archaeology – to enter into the many cultures of early modern Europe. The course explores issues like material culture, youth culture, cultures of protest, intellectual culture, and religious culture. It asks whether we can talk about different cultures of men and women and how cultures were affected by social and economic inequalities. It thinks about forces of cultural integration and pressures of cultural conflict. And it explores ideas of cultural change, and how these changes helped create the modern world.



HST112 Paths from Antiquity to Modernity 

Taking you from the height of the Roman Empire to the Fall of the Berlin Wall, this module is an introduction to the dominant narrative of History, from a European perspective (though the module ventures widely beyond Europe when appropriate). Each lecture looks at a particular historical 'turning point', while the weekly seminar takes a more thematic approach, tackling historical notions such as revolutions, progress, globalisation and renaissance. By the end of the module, you'll have a sense of the broad sweep of History, fascinating in itself but particularly useful for single and dual honours students as preparation for more detailed study at Levels II and III. You will also have an appreciation of the importance of periodisation (how historians divide up time), and the problematic concept of modernity. This module is explicitly intended to aid with the transition to the study of History at University.


HST115 The ‘Disenchantment’ of Early Modern Europe

This module explores the fundamental shifts in mental attitudes and public behaviour that occurred in Europe between the age of the Reformation and the age of the Enlightenment. The central focus of the course will be the examination of the supernatural – religious beliefs, but also witchcraft and magic. You will explore the changing ways in which beliefs impinged on people's lives at various social levels. You will also have an opportunity to study the impact on people's world views of such changes as rising literacy, urbanisation, state formation and new discoveries about the natural world. All these will be investigated in the institutional contexts of state and church and the ways in which they sought to channel and mould beliefs and behaviour. This module enables you to understand how the early modern period is distinctive from and links medieval and later modern historical studies.


HST3000 The Uses of History

History suffuses contemporary culture: whether informing political debate, shaping national identity, filling cinema seats, or drawing visitors to museums and castles, the past exerts a hold on our imagination that extends far beyond the boundaries of university lecture halls. In recent years, though, the borders between professional and public history – borders that have been well-policed for over a century – have begun to blur. Novel ways of producing and presenting historical knowledge – from community heritage projects to websites like Wikipedia – have prompted historians to rethink the way they present themselves and their work to the non-academic world.


Public Engagement

Public Engagement

Erin co-curated the 2015 exhibition ‘Boomtown: Silver and Science, Riches and Radicalism in Renaissance Bohemia’ at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Administrative Duties

Administrative Duties

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