My current research explores English Catholic constructions of national identity, looking at how Catholics ‘imagined England’ in the century after the Protestant Reformation. As part of this, I’m exploring how English Catholics exploited imagery of Jerusalem and Israel, to imagine their own and their nation’s place in salvation history. Appropriating ‘Jerusalem’ was part of their constructions of the Church, of persecution, of the Reformation; it also enabled English Catholics to express their ambivalent relationship with Protestantised England.
I received my doctorate from Cambridge University in 2012. In 2013-2014 I am a fellow at the British School at Rome, researching English Catholic representations of England in Italy, c.1558-1660.