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Dr Martha Vandrei
Research Assistant
History Department, King's College London

I am an historian of British historical culture from about 1600, with an interest in how people understood and related to the past through scholarship, antiquarianism, drama, poetry, art, and architecture. My doctoral thesis focused on the posthumous life of Queen Boudica and laid the groundwork for my on-going interest in historical culture. Most recently, I have become fascinated by the overlap between Christian apologetics and historical research evident throughout the modern and early-modern periods. My postdoctoral research on the St. Stephen’s project has allowed me to pursue some fascinating lines of enquiry, especially through debates around the Gothic and “national” styles in the mid-nineteenth century, and the role of religion in popular historical culture.

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