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Clare Copeland

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Clare Copeland is based at Somerville College and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. Together with Nicholas Davidson, she co-ordinates the Early Modern Catholicism Network at Oxford. The network is one of the sponsored networks of TORCH. You can find out more about the network on these pages as well as from the network's website. Please do get in touch if you'd like to find out more.

Clare's research centres on saints and devotions in early modern Italy, particularly canonization and the development of new devotional cults. Her forthcoming book explores the life, cult, and canonization of a sixteenth-century Florentine Carmelite, Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi (1566-1607). Her work draws on a wide range of sources, from the riveting transcriptions of Maria Maddalena’s ecstasies made by the nuns of her convent, to convent chronicles, personal letters, accounts of miracles, published biographies, images, and the formal process for her canonization. Maria Maddalena was one of only five women canonized in the seventeenth century, and yet her story has largely been overlooked.

Together with Dr Kat Hill (Oriel), she currently holds an AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellowship for a project exploring how music played a key role in consolidating community identities in the period of the Reformation. Their particular focus is to explore how musical ideas were shared between traditions and how they also marked out differences. The project includes a workshop day and a concert performed by the up-and-coming ensemble Oxford Baroque in New College Chapel. Again, there is more information about the project on these pages.