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Department of History

Staff Profile

Dr Cathy McClive

Lecturer in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41046
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41046

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Cathy McClive specialises in the social and cultural history of medicine, gender and sexuality in early modern France. Her doctoral work on perceptions of menstruation in France c. 1495-1761 has generated numerous articles and essays, and is currently being revised for publication as a monograph. Her new project, supported by a British Academy grant, explores notions of expertise and the figure of the medical-expert witness in civil and criminal proceedings in ancien-regime France. She is also interested in life-cyles, sexuality and fertility and false conceptions.

Research Interests

  • Early modern French social and cultural history
  • History of medicine, sexuality and the body
  • Legal medicine
  • Women and gender


Books: edited

  • 2010 (co-edited with Pellegrin, Nicole) Femmes en fleurs, femmes en corps: sang, santé, sexualités du moyen âge aux lumières, Presses Universitaires de Saint-Etienne.

Essays in edited volumes

Journal papers: academic

Journal papers: online

Teaching Areas

  • Health care and medicine in early modern Europe
  • Society and culture in early modern france