Dr Laura Sangha is a lecturer in British history at the University of Exeter. Her research interests focus on religious cultures, particularly the impact of the Reformation and beliefs and expectations associated with the supernatural. In the past she has published on angels, and currently she is working on a collection of seventeenth-century Yorkshire ghost stories. You can find out more about her research on the blog on early modern history that she co-authors, The Many-headed Monster.

In Tudor and Stuart England, angels were believed to deliver messages, protect the godly, carry souls to heaven, punish sinners,