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Dr Fernando Cervantes

M.A.(Oxon.), Ph.D.(Cantab.)

  • BS8 1TB

1990 …2020

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Office: 2.2 26 St Michael's Park

Phone: +44 (0)117 928 7933


Consultation Hours

Fernando Cervantes is a historian of early modern Europe specialising in the intellectual and religious history of early modern Spain and Spanish America. Between 2005 and 2008 he was principal investigator of a major Leverhulme Research Project entitled The Celestial and the Fallen: Angels and Demons in the Hispanic World. With Dr Andrew Redden of Liverpool University, he is currently completing work on a co-authored monograph. A co-edited collection of essays entitled Angels, Demons and the New World was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. His new book, Conquistadores, will be published by Allen Lane/Penguin in 2020. Longer term projects include a study of the literary imagination of early modern Europe that seeks to place the works of Montaigne, Cervantes and Shakespeare in the wider context of early modern humanism and the epistemological crisis of the early seventeenth century. Dr Cervantes was the John Coffin Memorial Lecturer in the History of Ideas at the University of London in 2005 and has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA, and the Liguria Study Centre for the Arts and the Humanities, Bogliasco, Italy. In the Spring quarter of 2009 he held the Tipton Distinguished Visiting Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was also Series Editor for Pickering and Chatto's (now Routledge) "Religious Cutlures in the Early Modern World" until 2018.

Research supervision

He has supervised PhD students on a wide range of subjects, from the phenomenon of diabolism in colonial Peru, to the Cristero Revolt in post-revolutionary Mexico. He would welcome research proposals on any area of the intellectual or religious history of early modern Spain or Spanish America.

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Research Output


Cervantes, F., 2020, (Accepted/In press) London: Allen Lane/Penguin. 400 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

  • The Course of Catholic History in Latin America

    Cervantes, F., 2020, The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Christianity. Orique, D. T., Fitzpatrick-Behrens, S. & Garrad, V. (eds.). Oxford University Press, New York, p. 139-154 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

    Print Visionary: Conquering the World with Books: Review of Edward Wilson-Lee, The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Columbus and the Quest for a Universal Library

    Cervantes, F., 3 May 2019, TLS: The Times Literary Supplement, 6057, p. 32 32 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review (Specialist Publication)


    • 1 Editorial activity

    The Americas (Journal)

    Fernando Cervantes (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Supervised Work

    The Last Sentinels of Gallicanism: The Evolution of La Petite Église from Episcopal Protest to Lay Church

    Author: Allen, R. M. A. F., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Cervantes, F. (Supervisor) & Pooley, W. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy (MPhil)


    The paintings of the Order of St John in Malta : Hospitaller art collections and patronage from the late fifiteenth century to the eighteenth century

    Author: Vella, T. M., 2012

    Supervisor: Cervantes, F. (Supervisor) & Williamson, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Traitors, Invaders and Glorious Martyrs: Attitudes toward the execution of Catholics in England, Japan, Paraguay and New France (c.1580-1650)

    Author: Teather, R., 28 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Austin, K. R. G. (Supervisor) & Cervantes, F. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)