Eloise Davies

MA MPhil PhD Cantab

Departmental Lectureship in Political Theory in association with Oriel College
Political Theory Network
Oriel College
Office address
Room 165, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, OX1 3UQ.

I am a historian of political thought. My work explores debate over the relationship between religious and secular authority in the medieval and early modern periods, c. 1350 and 1700, with a particular focus on English and Italian contexts.

My main area of research is seventeenth-century England and Venice, two maritime empires which became focal points for European debate about sovereignty and Church–State relations in the wake of the Reformation. My research into seventeenth-century Anglo-Venetian relations has recently been awarded the Sir John Neale Prize for Early Modern British History (2021) and The Society for Court Studies Essay Prize (2022). Political and intellectual rapport between England and Venice will also be the focus of my first monograph, currently in preparation under the provisional title The Venetian Connection: England, Venice and Stuart Religious Politics, 1603–1714.

I am also interested in medieval political thought, especially the political thought of the fourteenth-century saint and mystic Catherine of Siena and her milieu.

Previous Posts

  • College Lecturer and Organising Tutor in History, Pembroke College, University of Oxford (2021–22)


  • Political Thought: Plato to Rousseau (convenor and lecturer)

  • Politics 1 – Political Theory, Astrophoria Foundation Year (convenor and lecturer)

  • Theory of Politics, Prelims and FHS

  • Theories of State

  • MPhil in Political Theory


Books (in preparation)

  • Eloise Davies, The Venetian Connection: England, Venice and Stuart Religious Politics, 1603–1714 [in progress]
  • Eloise Davies and Alana Mailes (eds.), Stuart Serenissima: Venice and England in the Seventeenth Century [under contract with Liverpool University Press]