Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis

Department of History
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title:  Everyday Giving and Exchange in Early Modern England
Supervisor: Dr Tara Hamling and Dr Kate Smith
PhD History


  • MA History 2008, Cardiff University - Distinction
  • BA History 2007, Cardiff University - First Class Honours


Early modern giving is a relatively under-explored area of enquiry. Within the limited range of studies which have been published, ‘everyday giving’ has been underserved, especially in relation to non-elites, and with a gendered lens. A study to fill this gap has the potential to aid our understanding of the everyday: how people survived and thrived, how they interacted in an informal setting, without formal obligation.

This is a study of the ordinary: ordinary people going about their day to lives, utilising sources such as account books, diaries, advice literature, and court records.