My doctoral thesis was an investigation into how English people of different social ‘classes’, and from different cultural backgrounds, identified themselves and others by what and how they ate between 1540 and 1640.
This entailed combining qualitative and quantitative research by carrying out rigorous analyses of a broad range of historical sources. These included: household accounts, institutional records, letters and diaries, court records, governmental communiques, sermons and contemporary lifestyle books.
Recent and current research:
Since then I have been involved in researching various aspects of medical dietary history – including how changing ideas about the human body and its nutritional needs have been received by ordinary people.