Philippa Woodcock


  • IV25 3HN

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Research expertise

I am a historian of early modern European history and visual culture. My interests cover the European Reformation, landscape and fashion history, as well as political and cultural interchange, especially between France and Italy.

I completed my PhD in 2006 under the supervision of Professor Evelyn Welch at QMUL. Entitled ‘The Forgotten Patrons: the French governors of Milan, 1499-1522’, this considered the political and artistic rivalry between mercenaries and governors during France’s first period of colonial rule. This was followed by a 3-year postdoctoral research post for the ‘Parish Church and the Landscape’ AHRC funded project, directed by Professor Andrew Spicer, which in itself led to six years of life in France!

I joined the Centre for History in June 2018, following academic appointments at the Universities of Warwick, Oxford Brookes, Birkbeck CCE, Sussex and at the OU. I have also taught History, English and Politics at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris, and at the Université de Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée.

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My current research follows several paths, reflecting my dual interests in political and religious history.

Firstly, I am very interested in the experience in the past of being in a foreign land, not entirely different to one’s own, yet where slight cultural differences create havoc. For example, if it was entirely possible for a diplomat to learn the etiquette of another court, his household’s foreignness still made it vulnerable before the law, prey to the unscrupulous and apt to appear gauche at moments of ceremonial. A governor, otherwise successful, may never be accepted due to his faulty language skills. Having published several chapters on this theme, I aim to develop a research project about such vulnerability among French sailors and consuls in the early modern Mediterranean, and their exploitation by competing powers.

Secondly, I am still in thrall to the relationship between religion, the physical landscape and material culture in early modern France. Having published on iconoclasm, fortification and the re-use of sacred objects in Northern France, I am now interested in tracing the paths through the British Isles of several Huguenot ministers in the post-Revocation period, and their transfer of technology, culture and objects to their families and congregations.   

I would welcome research students in a broad range of early modern religious, political and cultural history.

Academia Profile


  • DC France
  • DG Italy
  • D111 Medieval History

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Research Output

Early modern monarchy and foreign travel

Woodcock, P., Woodacre, E. (ed.), Dean, L. H. S. (ed.) & Martin, R. (ed.), 25 Jun 2019, The Routledge History of Monarchy. Abingdon: Routledge, p. 282-299 17 p. (The Routledge Histories).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Huguenot and non-Conformist networks: Philip Dupont in late Stuart Suffolk

    Woodcock, P., 2018, Huguenot Networks, 1560-1780. Larminie, V. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 137-153 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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    Time, death and burial in the ancien diocese of Le Mans

    Woodcock, P., 2017, Managing Time: Literature and Devotion in Early Modern France. Maber, R. & Barker, J. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 227-259 33 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Prizes

    Nancy Lyman Roelker Award

    Woodcock, Philippa (Recipient), 2011

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  • Nancy Lyman Roelker Prize

    Woodcock, Philippa (Recipient), 2011

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  • Activities

    Fireworks parties and waterborne pageantry

    Philippa Woodcock (Speaker)

    31 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    National University of Ireland Open PhD Assessor

    Philippa Woodcock (Member)

    May 2019

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

    Cousins, daughters, sisters and wives: the Foix women and the decline of their dynasty

    Philippa Woodcock (Speaker)

    Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Annual Conference of the French History Society

    Philippa Woodcock (Speaker)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Royal Studies Journal (Journal)

    Philippa Woodcock (Peer reviewer)

    Feb 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity