Dr Emily Vine

Dr Emily Vine

Department of History
Research Fellow

I work on the social and religious history of Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with a particular interest in the intersection between religion and the body, medicine, and the life course.


  • PhD in History, Queen Mary University of London (2019)
  • MA in History of Medicine, University of Exeter (2015)
  • BA in History, University of Exeter (2014)


I joined Birmingham in February 2021 as a Postdoctoral researcher on the Leverhulme Trust funded 'Material Identities, Social Bodies: Embodiment in British Letters c.1680-1820' project. Prior to this I was a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leeds, working on a project which explored Protestant correspondence networks in the British Atlantic. Before this I held the 2018/19 Thornley Junior Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, taught undergraduate History at both Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and King's College London, and spent a few months as a historical researcher for the children’s TV show Horrible Histories. I studied for my PhD, which investigated domestic religion in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century London, at QMUL, and spent a semester as an AHRC research fellow at the Huntington Library in California. 


My primary research interests are in the social, religious, and medical history of early modern and eighteenth-century Britain. My work to date has focused on ordinary people’s experiences of religion and medicine within specific settings including the home and the urban environment (London), and as expressed within letter-writing.

I am currently working on a monograph which explores the intersection between domestic religion and the life cycle in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century London. I am also a co-editor of the forthcoming edited collection ‘Religion and Life Cycles in early modern England’ (MUP, 2021).

My publications to date have considered the lived experiences and interactions of the diverse religious groups that made London their home: French and German Protestants, Catholics, Protestant nonconformists of various denominations, and Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jewish communities.


  • Emily Vine "“The Cursed Jew Priest That Ordered the Woman and Her Child to Be Burnt”: Rumors of Jewish Infanticide in Early Modern London." Huntington Library Quarterly 83:2 (2020): 331-359. doi:10.1353/hlq.2020.0013.
  • Emily Vine, ‘Those Enemies of Christ, if They are Suffered to Live Among us’: Locating Religious Minority Homes and Private Space in Early Modern London, The London Journal, 43:3, (2018) 197-214, DOI: 10.1080/03058034.2018.1521127

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