Dr Philippa Woodcock

Centre for History,
Burghfield House,
IV25 3HN

Available to talk to the media about

  • the Renaissance
  • Early Modern Art
  • Early Modern Political / Military / Diplomatic History
  • History of Fashion
  • the European Reformation
  • Huguenots
  • French History
  • Italian History

In these languages

English, French


I am an interdisciplinary researcher of early modern History, 1450-1750, with particular interests in moments of Franco-Italian interchange.

I hold a First in History from Warwick University, a Masters in Medieval History and and a Masters in Computer Science from York, followed by a PhD in History from London.

My PhD focused on the French occupation of Milan, their first 'colonial' experiment, under Louis XII and Francis I. Entitled 'The forgotten patrons: the governors of French Milan, 1499-1522' it considered the careers of Gian Giacomo Trivulzio and Odet de Foix.

I have worked in UK and French universities, including teaching in Venice for Warwick University, and three years at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris. I also lived in a very rural part of France for 6 years, restoring a very manky old house and coping with a very different way of life!

I have published widely in academic volumes and journals, and have also written general interest books on the history of fashion.

Current research

  • Huguenots in Edinburgh - the network of Francois Loumeau Dupont and Lady Yester's Kirk
  • The ambitions of Odet and Gaston de Foix, Navarre, Paris and Milan
  • The Religious Landscape in Le Mans and Schleswig, 1450-1700

Research groups and interests

  • Society for the History of War
  • French History
  • Royal Historical Society
  • Society for Early Modern French Studies