Emily Betz

BA Wellesley College, MA and MSc Roskilde University and Leipzig University, MPhil Trinity College Dublin

Contact Details
Email: eb261@st-andrews.ac.uk
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-betz-8928b1134/

Thesis Title: The Rise of the English Disease: How Britain became Melancholy
Supervisor: Professor Rab Houston



Research Interests

My research takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining the disease of melancholy and its influence on English identity, c. 1580-1740. In my thesis I explore how changing medical discourse on melancholia influenced how it was discussed in society at large and the role it played in constructing national identity in the early modern period.

Published Articles

  • ‘Love and Dishonour in Elizabethan England: two families and a failed marriage’. Social History, 43:4 (2018), 533-535.
  • ‘The Birth of a Queen: Essays on the Quincentenary of Mary I’. Sixteenth Century Journal, 48:3 (Fall 2017), 832-833.
  • “Commemoration in Tudor England: Changing Practices of Death during the Henrician Reformation” in St Andrews Historical Journal 7:1 (Fall 2017), 16-21.


  • ‘Traveling Melancholy: From the Italianate Englishman to the English Malady’, TIDE Conference: Travel, Transculturality, and Identity in England c. 1550-1700,  26-28 July 2018
  • ‘Melancholy: The English Disease’, Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Conference, 29-30 March 2019
  • ‘Melancholy: A Truly British Malady’, British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference, 10-12 April 2019
  • ‘From Bright to Cheyne: The Changing Faces of Melancholy and Medicine in Early Modern England’, 28th Congress of the British Society for the History of Medicine, 11-14 September 2019


Teaches on MO1007: The Early Modern Western World, c. 1450 – c. 1770