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
‘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
‘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
‘Sodomy in early-modern Venice’ in T. Betteridge (ed.), Sodomy and deviant sex in early modern Europe (Manchester, 2002), pp. 65-81
‘Toleration in Enlightenment Italy’ in O.P. Grell and R. Porter (eds), Toleration in Enlightenment Europe (Cambridge, 2000)
‘”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)
‘Christopher Marlowe and Atheism’ in D. Grantley and P. Roberts (eds), Christopher Marlowe and English Renaissance Culture (Aldershot, 1996)
‘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)
‘Unbelief and Atheism in Italy, 1500-1700’ in M. Hunter and D. Wootton (eds), Atheism from the Reformation to the Enlightenment (Oxford, 1992)