Professor Nicholas Davidson

Associate Professor and Tutor in Modern History

My main research interest is the history of Italy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but I teach early-modern European and world history more broadly across the early-modern period at both undergraduate and graduate level.

I have overall responsibility for welfare matters in the college. I work alongside members of the decanal team, the welfare officers, the student welfare reps, and the college medical staff to support the well-being of all members of our student community in a safe, respectful, and confidential manner. I have received training in a range of relevant areas, most recently for example in exam stress, addiction, and sexual violence awareness.

‘Hispanophobia in the Venetian Republic’, in P. Baker-Bates and M. Pattenden (eds), Renaissance Italy and the Idea of Spain, 1492-1700 (Ashgate, 2015), pp. 29-42

‘Lucretius, Irreligion and Atheism in Early Modern Venice’, in D. Norbrook, S. Harrison, and P. Hardie (eds), Lucretius and the Early Modern (OUP, 2015), pp. 123-34

‘The Inquisition’, in M. Laven, A. Bamji, and G. Janssen (eds), The Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation (Ashgate, 2012)

‘Sex, Religion, and the Law: Disciplining Desire’ in B. Talvacchia (ed.), A Cultural History of Sexuality, vol. III: In the Renaissance (Oxford, 2010), pp. 95-111, 221-8

‘Sexual Abuse in Renaissance and Early-Modern Italy’ in G. Rousseau (ed.), Sexual Abuse: Adults’ Minds and Children’s Bodies. Historical Case Studies from the Ancient World to Modernity (London, 2007).

‘Religious Minorities’ in J. J. Martin (ed.), The Renaissance World (London, July 2007), pp. 555-71

‘”Le plus beau et le plus meschant esprit que ie age cogneu”: Science and religion in the writings of Giulio Cesare Vanini, 1585-1619’ in I. Maclean and J. Brooke, Heterodoxy in Early Modern Science and Religion (Oxford, 2005), pp. 59-79
ISBN-10: 0199268975
ISBN-13: 978-0199268979

‘Poor relief and health care in Southern Europe, 1700-1900: The ideological context’ in O. P. Grell, A. C. Cunningham and B. Roeck (eds), Health Care and Poor Relief in 18th- and 19th-century Southern Europe (Aldershot, 2005), pp. 34-51
ISBN-10: 0754651568
ISBN-13: 978-0754651567

Fuggir la liberta della coscienza: Conscience and the Inquisition in Sixteenth-Century Italy’ in H. Braun and T. Vallance (eds), Contexts of Conscience in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700 (Basingstoke, 2004) pp. 49-55, 196-8
ISBN: 1403915652

‘Sodomy in early-modern Venice’ in T. Betteridge (ed.), Sodomy and deviant sex in early modern Europe (Manchester, 2002), pp. 65-81
ISBN: 0719061148

‘Toleration in Enlightenment Italy’ in O.P. Grell and R. Porter (eds), Toleration in Enlightenment Europe (Cambridge, 2000)
ISBN: 0521651964

‘”As Much for its Culture as for its Arms”: The Cultural Relations of Venice and its Dependent Cities, 1400-1700’ in A. Cowan (ed.), Mediterranean Urban Culture, 1400-1700 (Exeter, 2000)
ISBN: 0859895785

‘Christopher Marlowe and Atheism’ in D. Grantley and P. Roberts (eds), Christopher Marlowe and English Renaissance Culture (Aldershot, 1996)
ISBN: 1859282601

‘Theology, Nature & the Law: Sexual Sin & Sexual Crime in Italy from the Fourteenth to the Seventeenth Century’ in T. Dean and K. Lowe (eds), Crime, Society and the Law in Renaissance Italy (Cambridge, 1993)
ISBN: 0521411025

‘Unbelief and Atheism in Italy, 1500-1700’ in M. Hunter and D. Wootton (eds), Atheism from the Reformation to the Enlightenment (Oxford, 1992)
ISBN: 0198227361

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