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Dr Lucy Underwood

Lucy Underwood       Office:
H343, third floor of the Humanities Building Extension


Academic Profile

  • 2016-2020: Leverhulme Early Career Fellow for the project "Imagining Englands: Confessionalisation, Catholicism and National Identity after the English Reformation", University of Warwick
  • 2014-2016: Undergraduate Supervisor, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge
  • 2014-2015: History Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University
  • 2013-2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Catholic Studies, University of Durham
  • 2012-2013: Lecturer, University of Cambridge History Summer School
  • 2008-2011: PhD, thesis title "Childhood, Youth and Catholicism in England, c.1558-1660", Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
  • 2007-2008: MPhil in Theology and Religious Studies (Church History), Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
  • 2002-2005: BA in History and English, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford



Childhood, Youth, and Religious Dissent in Post-Reformation England

  • T.M. Berner & Lucy Underwood (eds.) Childhood, youth and religious minorities in Early Modern Europe

    (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

  • ‘Childhood, Family and the Construction of English Catholic Histories of Persecution' in Berner & Underwood, Childhood, youth and religious minorities in Early Modern Europe pp. 223-253

  • ‘Sion and Elizium: National Identity, Religion, and Allegiance in Anthony Copley's A Fig for Fortune’ , Renaissance and Reformation, 41.2 (2018) 65-96

  • 'The State, Childhood and Religious Dissent' in Hannah J. Crawforth and Sarah Lewis (eds.) Family politics in early modern literature (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp. 191-210

  • 'Persuading the queen’s majesty’s subjects from their allegiance: treason, reconciliation and confessional identity in Elizabethan England', in Historical Research 89:244 (May 2016)
  • ‘English Catholic Martyrs’ in Gareth Atkins (ed.) Making and remaking saints in nineteenth-century Britain (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016)

  • Childhood, Youth and Religious Dissent in Post-Reformation England (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • 'Catechesis, socialisation and play in a Catholic household, c.1660: the 'Children's Exercises' from the Blundell papers', in Studies in Church History 50 (2014) pp.
  • 'Recusancy and the Rising Generation', Recusant History 31:4 (October 2013) pp.511-33
  • 'Youth, Religious Identity and Autobiography at the English Colleges in Rome and Valladolid, 1592-1685', Historical Journal, 55:2 (June 2012) pp.349-74
  • Contributed two articles to Treasures of Ushaw College: Durham's Hidden Gem edited by James E. Kelly (London, 2015)

    ‘Representing England in Rome: sermons from the early modern English College to popes and cardinals’ in Reformation and Renaissance Review

Wider Engagement


  • October 2018 Interviewed on Free Thinking for BBC Radio 3
  • July 2017 Interviewed on ‘When Greeks Flew Kites’ for BBC Radio 4

Speaking engagements:

  • November 2020: Presentation for Stoneleigh History Society (via Zoom)
  • July 2019: Workshop at University of Warwick Summerschool for Year 12 School Students

  • February 2019 Talk given for Warwick Local History Society
  • March 2018 Talk given to students at The King’s School, Warwick
  • Feburary 2018 Talk given to students at St Columba’s College, St Albans
  • January 2018 Talk given to students at Nicholas Breakspear School, St Albans