Nora Baker



My DPhil research explores memoir writings by French Protestant refugees in the wake of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.

Prior to commencing my DPhil research at Jesus College, I completed a Master of Science in Russian and East European Studies at University College, Oxford, and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Italian at the National University of Ireland in my hometown of Galway. As an Irish speaker from one of the country’s Gaeltacht areas, I have long been interested in the nature and expression of minority identity, and am therefore delighted to be further investigating this theme as part of my doctoral research. 

As my project takes the form of a Collaborative Doctoral Award under the Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership, I will be involved in outreach events relating to my research findings at the Hampshire Record Office in Winchester. I plan to update this page in due course with information on such outreach activities. 

Selected Papers 

•    ‘ “Illustrious among Refugees”: Huguenot Memoir and Social Standing in Exile’,’ Ideas of Community in the Early Modern World Conference, 1500-1700, Lincoln College Oxford/Online, 7th December 2020. 
•    ‘”Distingués par leur piété”: The Social Value of Suffering in Huguenot Memoir,’ Oxford French Graduate Seminar, All Souls College Oxford/Online, 10th November 2020.
•    ‘Violence, Victims and Virtue in Huguenot Memoir’: Society for French Historical Studies Conference/George Rudé Seminar, University of Auckland/Online, 27th July 2020.
•    “‘Tiered Tolerance’: Protestants and the ‘Other’ after 1685”, in: Narratives of Peace in Religious Discourses: global perspectives in the Early Modern Age, ed. Alessandro Saggioro, Beatrice Tramontano, Ludovico Battista, Maria Fallica, Rome: Sapienza University Press, 2021 [forthcoming]. 

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