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Eliot Benbow



I am a final year PhD student working on a London Arts and Humanities Partnership funded Collaborative Doctoral Award. I am working with Queen Mary University of London and the Museum of London. I am supervised by Dr Eyal Poleg (QMUL), Professor Miri Rubin (QMUL). My project focuses on the material culture of devotion in fourteenth-sixteenth century London. The project is entitled: The Shrine and the Marketplace: Religious Materiality in London during the Long Fifteenth Century (1370-1530).

I previously studied at Queen Mary for a BA in History (2015-2018), and UCL for a MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2018-2019).

I have previously worked as a Teaching Associate at QM between 2020-2022 on the modules HST4121 (Europe 1000-1500) and HST5120 (Medieval London: Pubs, Plague Pits and Cathedrals.)


Research Interests:

My interests include the histories of medieval religious and devotional culture, the material culture of religion in the later Middle Ages. I am also conducting research on late medieval urban history, and London's economic and social history, primarily concerning trade and migration.


Forthcoming: John Jenkins and Eliot Benbow, 'Becket on a Peacock: The Manufacture of Devotional Toys and Their Use in Civic Devotions' in Alyce A. Jordan and Kay B. Slocum, eds., Images of Thomas Becket in the Middle Ages and Beyond: The Uses and Reception of a Celebrity Saint, (Boydell and Brewer: Woodbridge, 2024)

Public Engagement

I have conducted several public talks at the Museum of London on their medieval collections, and have spoken at a number of historical and archaeological associations, and historical seminars since starting my PhD. I am also serving as treasurer and a committee member of the London Medieval Society:
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