Dr Kate Loveman

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Associate Professor in English Literature 1600-1789

loveman, kate

Department: English

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2627

Email: kate.loveman@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 1407, Attenborough Tower

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal details


I am an Associate Professor in English Literature, specialising in the later seventeenth century and early eighteenth century. I came to Leicester in 2006, having previously been a Junior Research Fellow at St Anne’s College, Oxford and a postdoctoral research assistant for the Roger Morrice Project, based at the History Faculty in Cambridge. My research focuses on reading habits, collecting and sociability. I have published extensively on Samuel Pepys, the Restoration diarist and naval administrator.


  • BA, English Literature, University of Cambridge
  • MA, Renaissance Literature, University of York
  • PhD, English, University of Cambridge
  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy


BooksKate Loveman's Samuel Pepys and his Books


  • The Diary of Samuel Pepys (Everyman, 2018), a selection from the complete Latham and Matthews edition of the diary, with new annotations.

Journal articles and book chapters

  • 'Crime and the Law', in The Oxford Handbook to Daniel Defoe, ed. by Nicholas Seager and J.A. Downie (OUP, forthcoming).
  • 'Hans Sloane, Samuel Pepys, and the Evidence of a Lost Pepys Library Catalogue', Electronic British Library Journal, article 8, 2021. Access here.
  • 'Epigram and Spontaneous Wit', in The Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-Century Satire, ed. by Paddy Bullard (OUP, 2019), pp. 492-508.
  • 'Entertainments in Samuel Pepys's Diary: Verses from John Evelyn and a Song to Mock Sir William Penn', Notes and Queries 66:1 (March 2019), 78-81. Access here.
  • 'Samuel Pepys's First Portrait Painter: Daniel Savile and Portraiture for the Middling Sort in Restoration London', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 31 (2018 [March 2019]), 269-79. Abstract here.
  • 'Selbstzeugnis und Alltagseinblicke: Samuel Pepys Tagebuch', trans. by Claudia Braun, in Barock - Nur schöner Schein? ed. by Alfried Wieczorek, Christoph Lind and Uta Coburger (Verlag Schnell und Steiner, 2016), p. 117. Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim exhibition catalogue.
  • 'Pepys's "Retirement"', in Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution, ed. by Margarette Lincoln (Thames & Hudson, 2015): 241-47. National Maritime Museum Exhibition Catalogue.
  • 'Pepys in Print, 1660-1703', in Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press), 6 March 2015, updated August 2018 www.oxfordhandbooks.com DOI:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935338.013.18.
  • 'The Introduction of Chocolate into England: Retailers, Researchers, and Consumers, 1640–1730', Journal of Social History, 47 (2013): 27-46. Download this article for free from the journal site.
  • '"A Life of Continu'd Variety": Crime, Readers, and the Structure of Moll Flanders', Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 26 (2013): 1-32.
  • 'Samuel Pepys and "Discourses touching Religion" under James II', English Historical Review, 127 (2012): 46-82.
  • 'Further Information on Deb Willet before and after Samuel Pepys's Diary', Notes and Queries, 256 (2011): 388-90
  • 'Books and Sociability: The Case of Samuel Pepys’s Library’, Review of English Studies, 61 (2010): 214-33
  • The Strange Finding Out of Moses his Tombe: News, Travel Narrative, and Satire’, in The Mysterious and the Foreign in Early Modern England, ed. by Helen Ostovich, Graham Roebuck and Mary Silcox (University of Delaware Press, 2008): 266-81
  • ‘Samuel Pepys and Deb Willet: After the Diary’ , The Historical Journal, 49 (2006): 893-901
  • ‘“Eminent Cheats”: Rogue Narratives in the Literature of the Exclusion Crisis’, in Fear, Exclusion, Revolution: Britain in the 1680s, ed. by Jason McElligott  (Ashgate, 2006)
  • ‘“Full of Improbable Lies”: Gulliver’s Travels and Jest Books’, British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 26 (2003): 15-26
  • ‘Pepys’s Jests’, Notes and Queries, 248 (2003): 222-23
  • ‘Imagining London: Thomas Otway’s The Soldiers’ Fortune and the Literature of the Popish Plot’, Restoration, 26 (2002): 85-96

Other publications

  • "volume editor" (advisory editor) for David Roberts's edition of Jacob Hooke, Pinacotheca Bettertonaena: The Library of a Seventeenth Century (London: Society for Theatre Research, 2013).
  • 'Political Information in the Seventeenth Century', The Historical Journal, 48 (2005), 555-65 (6000-word review article)
  • Book reviews for journals including Parliamentary HistoryGender and History and The Library


My research is in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature and history, with particular interests in reading habits, political writing, and sociability.Kate Loveman's Reading Fictions, 1660-1740

My first book, Reading Fictions 1660-1740: Deception in English Literary and Political Culture (2008) explores the strategies used (and games played) by early modern readers in responding to fictitious narratives, including Restoration political pamphlets and texts by Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift and Samuel Richardson.

My next project Samuel Pepys and his Books: Reading, Newsgathering, and Sociability, 1660-1703 (Oxford University Press, 2015) examined reading practices, collecting, and the exchange of information in the late seventeenth century. The investigation goes beyond Samuel Pepys's famous diary of the 1660s, employing a variety of sources to explore the role that reading played in Pepys's life and in the lives of his contemporaries. This was partly funded by an AHRC Early Careers Fellowship. The book was 'highly commended' by the committee for the SHARP DeLong Book History Prize 2016 and featured in The Spectator books of the year for 2016.

More recently I have edited a new selection of Samuel Pepys’s diaries for Everyman, based on the complete text of the diary edited by Robert Latham and William Matthews. This is the first annotated selection of the diary, with new findings about Pepys and his contemporaries. It is the first edition to provide notes that translate Pepys's polyglot (aka the rude bits).

Spin-offs from work on Pepys have included discovering the fate of his  most famous mistress, Deb Willet and investigating the early history of chocolate (and chocolate ice cream) in England.

I am shorthand consultant for The Oxford Traherne, an edition of the works of Thomas Traherne, seventeenth-century poet and clergyman. I am also on the management board of Editing Aphra Behn in the Digital Age, a project to produce a new edition of the works of one of the Restoration’s foremost writers. I am part of the team behind  Virtual Vauxhall Gardens, an interactive, virtual reality model of a 1752 London pleasure garden, complete with smells.  Since 2007, I have been a convenor for the Leicester Early Modern Research Seminar.



Previous years:

  • EN3142: Criminal Women in Early Modern Literature


I welcome enquiries about research into seventeenth- and  early eighteenth-century literature, especially in the following areas: the history of reading and collecting; the early novel; literary networks; and news.

I have previously supervised postgraduate research into eighteenth-century chapbooks and on early modern utopias.  Most recently, I supervised Stephanie Coster’s PhD on ‘Andrew Marvell and the Puritan Whigs’ (2018), funded by  the M3C consortium. I currently supervise Crystal Biggin, who works on Samuel Richardson and women's writing from the late seventeenth to the mid eighteenth-century, and Liam Sims who is investigating eighteenth-century antiquarianism and networking in a CDA with the Spalding Gentlemen's Society.


Samuel Pepys ties the end of his diary in the 1660s to the end of his relationship with his wife's servant Deb Willet. In 2006 my discovery of what happened to Deb Willet after the end of diary received world-wide news coverage. News outlets around the world also reported on my research on the Earl of Sandwich's receipes for chocolate, including the first workable receipe of a frozen chocolate treat in English. This work proved useful to the researchers reconstructing the eighteenth-century 'Chocolate Kitchen' at Hampton Court Palacet. I regularly talk on topics related to Pepys for public audiences, including:

  • ‘Pepys and London’, Birth of a Global City: London 1066-1666 lecture series, the V&A, November 2020
  • 'The Restoration', Chalke Valley History Festival, June 2019.
  • 'Early Modern Diaries', British Library Study Day, March 2019.
  • 'Pepys and Women', Friends of the Pepys's Library, Annual Lecture, December 2018
  • 'Secrecy, scheming and Samuel Pepys's Diary', The Annual William and Lois Matthews Samuel Pepys Lecture, UCLA, Los Angeles, April 2018.

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