Monthly Archives: May 2013


Photo my own

Santa Maria dei Fiori (photo my own)

Hi! Welcome to my awkward first blog post. It seems somewhat appropriate to launch the blog on 19 May. My other blog is Harlots, Harpies and Harridans which grew out of a class I taught at the University of Edinburgh’s Open Studies and was inspired by infamous women from history. My initial infamous woman was Anne Boleyn who was executed on 19 May 1536. Although I don’t spend much (any) time on Anne Boleyn, or early modern England, now, I still feel I owe her a debt as my interest in her led me back onto an academic path, albeit one which has now taken a completely different direction.

At the moment I’m studying for an M.Litt in Early Modern History at the University of St Andrews and, all going well, will start on my PhD in September. My coursework is complete and I don’t have exams so the summer is dedicated to my dissertation on how Florence attempted to deal with the problem of unprotected girls between c.1400 and c.1600. My PhD will be on reformed prostitutes in Florence.

With both of these projects in mind, I’m visiting Florence next week to meet with Dr Nicholas Terpstra who has kindly offered to show me some of the Archivio di Stato. As I’ll only be there for a few days I am viewing the trip as a reconnaissance mission rather than expecting to make great historical breakthroughs. It’s also a good chance to practice my Italian, which is, frankly, wanting.

Anyway, thanks for coming by. This blog will be focused on my academic activities and (hopefully) adventures in the archives. Harlots, Harpies and Harridans will remain up and will be getting updated again soon so if wicked historical women are more your cup of tea, stop by there instead.