Dr Hannah Smith

Featured Publication

Religion and Women in Britain, 1660-1760 (edited with Sarah Apetrei) (Routledge, 2014)

The essays contained in this volume examine the particular religious experiences of women within a remarkably vibrant and formative era in British religious history. Scholars from the disciplines of history, literary studies and theology assess women's contributions to renewal, change and reform; and consider the ways in which women negotiated institutional and intellectual boundaries. The focus on women's various religious roles and responses helps us to understand better a world of religious commitment which was not separate from, but also not exclusively shaped by, the political, intellectual and ecclesiastical disputes of a clerical elite. As well as deepening our understanding of both popular and elite religious cultures in this period, and the links between them, the volume re-focuses scholarly approaches to the history of gender and especially the history of feminism by setting the British writers often characterised as 'early feminists' firmly in their theological and spiritual traditions.

  • British military history, 1660-1750
  • Monarchy in Britain c.1660-1760
  • Gender; women writers

Before arriving at St. Hilda’s in 2006, I studied at Newnham College, Cambridge, taught at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and was an RCUK Academic Fellow at the University of Hull. I was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2008. I work on Britain in the period 1660 to 1760 and, in particular, the history of political culture and history of gender. I am currently writing a book about the political and cultural history of the British army from 1660 to 1750. In this field, I have also co-edited with Erica Charters and Eve Rosenhaft, Civilians and War in Europe 1618-1815 (Liverpool University Press, 2012, paperback edition 2014). My first book was Georgian Monarchy: Politics and Culture 1714-1760 (Cambridge University Press, 2006, paperback edition 2009), and I continue to pursue an interest in eighteenth-century court culture through work on a new edition of Lord Hervey's Memoirs of the Reign of King George II, co-edited with Stephen Taylor. My interest in gender history is reflected in my current work on the early eighteenth-century writer Susanna Centlivre, a forthcoming volume of essays, Religion and Women in Britain, 1660 to 1760 (Ashgate) co-edited with Sarah Apetrei, research on eighteenth-century aristocratic libertinism, and a project on gender and equestrianism. 

  • The Hanoverian Succession and the Politicisation of the British Army

  • 'Susanna Centlivre, 'Our Church's Safety' and 'Whig Feminism'

  • Religion and women in Britain, c. 1660-1760

  • Civilians and War in Europe, 1618-1815

  • 'Introduction' to Civilians and War in Europe, 1618-1815

  • Introduction

  • ‘Politics, patriotism, and gender: the standing army debate on the English stage, circa 1689-1720’

  • ‘The army, provincial urban communities, and loyalist cultures in England, c.1714-50’.

  • ‘Hephaestion and Alexander’: Lord Hervey, Frederick, prince of Wales, and the royal favourite in England in the 1730s’

  • ‘‘Last of all the heavenly birth’: Queen Anne and sacral queenship’

  • More

Current DPhil Students

  • Tara Greig
  • Dominic Ingram

I would be willing to hear from potential DPhil students regarding British political, cultural, gender and miltary history, circa 1660-1750.

I would be willing to hear from potential DPhil students regarding British political, cultural, gender and miltary history, circa 1660-1750.

I currently teach:


History of the British Isles 4 1500-1700 History of the British Isles 4 1500-1700
History of the British Isles 5 1685-1830 History of the British Isles 5 1685-1830
General History 3 1400-1650 Further Subject The Military and Society in Britain and France, c.1650-1815
Approaches to History - Art and History Further Subject Court Culture and Art in Early Modern Europe, 1580-1700
Optional Subject Witch-craft and Witch-hunting in Early Modern Europe Special Subject English Architecture, 1660-1720
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