Dr Jonathan Davies
- Office: FAB 3.64
- Telephone: 02476 523420
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office Hours: Tuesdays 2.00-3.00 (on Teams) and Fridays 11.30-12.30 (in my office or on Teams).
- I studied Medieval and Modern History at the University of Liverpool, where I won the H.M. Finnegan Prize for Medieval History and received a B.A. (Hons), First Class. I remained at Liverpool for my postgraduate research. My doctoral dissertation focused on the University of Florence between 1385 and 1473. My research in Italy was supported by a two-year Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship. I was awarded a PhD in 1993.
- I held a British Academy Postdoctoral FellowshipLink opens in a new window at the University of Leeds. I was also a member of the Committee of the Institute for Medieval StudiesLink opens in a new window .
- I was a Research Fellow in the AHRB Centre for the Study of Renaissance Elites and Court Cultures at Warwick.
- In 2003 I was appointed to a Lectureship in Italian Renaissance History at Warwick. In September 2006 I became an Assistant Professor. In October 2008 I was promoted to Associate Professor.
- I am the founder of STVDIOLink opens in a new window, the interdisciplinary research group which promotes the study of the Renaissance.
- From 2005 to 2014 I was the co-founder and co-director of the Warburg Institute-University of Warwick Research Training Programme, 'Resources and Techniques for the Study of Renaissance and Early Modern Culture'Link opens in a new window.
- I am the joint coordinator of the The History of Violence NetworkLink opens in a new window.
- I am a member of the European History Research CentreLink opens in a new window.
- I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical SocietyLink opens in a new window in 2001. I have served as a member of the Council of the Society for Renaissance StudiesLink opens in a new window . I am also a member of the Renaissance Society of AmericaLink opens in a new window.
Undergraduate Modules Taught
- Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Europe (HI3K4)Link opens in a new window
- Europe in the Making (HI113)
- From Fireplace to Cyberspace: The Folklore of Europe from Prehistory to the Present (HI3T4)
- Venice in the Renaissance (HI3G9)Link opens in a new window
- Violence in Early Modern Europe (HI299)Link opens in a new window
Postgraduate Courses and Modules Taught
- MA in the Culture of the European RenaissanceLink opens in a new window
- Culture, Society, and Religion in Renaissance Venice (HI985)
- Culture and Power: Tuscany and its Universities, 1537-1609 (Leiden, and Boston: Brill, 2009)Link opens in a new window
- Florence and its University during the Early Renaissance (Leiden, Boston, and Cologne: Brill, 1998)Link opens in a new window
- A Cultural History of Violence in the Renaissance (London: Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming)
- Jonathan Davies and John Monfasani, eds, Renaissance Politics and Culture: Essays in Honour of Robert BlackLink opens in a new window (Leiden: Brill, 2021)
- Aspects of Violence in Early Modern EuropeLink opens in a new window (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013)
Articles in Refereed Journals
- "Violence and Italian Universities during the RenaissanceLink opens in a new window", Renaissance Studies 27/4 (2013), 504-16.
- "Elites and Examiners at Italian Universities during the Late Middle Ages," Medieval Prosopography 21 (2001), 191-209.
- "The Studio pisano under Florentine Domination, 1406-1472," History of Universities 16 (1) (2000), 197-235.
- "A 'Paper University'? The Studio lucchese, 1369-1487," History of Universities 15 (1997-99): 261-306.
- "Corruption of the Examination Process at the University of Florence," History of Universities 14 (1995-96): 69-93.
- With P.E.H. Hair, "Sierra Leone and the Grand Duke of Tuscany," History in Africa 20 (1993): 61-9.
- "Marsilo Ficino: Lecturer at the Studio fiorentino," Renaissance Quarterly 45 (1992): 785-90.
Chapters in Books
- "Literary Representations of Violence" in Jonathan Davies (ed.), A Cultural History of Violence in the Renaissance (London: Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming)
- "The Impact of War" in Beat Kümin (ed.), The European World 1500-1800: An Introduction to Early Modern HistoryLink opens in a new window, 4th ed. (Abingdon: Routledge, 2022), 415-424.
"Robert Black: A Life of Scholarship" in Jonathan Davies and John Monfasani, eds, Renaissance Politics and Culture: Essays in Honour of Robert Black (Leiden: Brill, 2021), pp. 1-13.
- "The Ideal Student: Manuals of Student Behaviour in Early Modern Italy" in Richard Kirwan (ed.), Scholarly Self-Fashioning and Community in the Early Modern UniversityLink opens in a new window (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), 21-38.
- "The Studio fiorentino in the Renaissance" in Amedeo Belluzzi and Emanuela Ferretti (eds), La sede della Sapienza a Firenze (Florence: Istituto Geografico Militare, 2009), 19-29.
- "Italian Universities and the Wars of Italy", in Christine Shaw (ed.), Italy and the European Powers: The Impact of War, 1503-1530Link opens in a new window (Leiden, Boston, and Cologne: Brill, 2006), 297-305.
- I have reviewed for the American Historical Review, the Burlington Magazine, European History Quarterly, H-Italy, Renaissance Quarterly, and the Sixteenth Century Journal.
My principal area of interest has been the history of the Italian states (especially Tuscany) between 1350 and 1600.
My current research now concentrates on violence and folklore in early modern Europe.
I am happy to supervise postgraduate students on any aspect of violence or folklore in early modern Europe (including the British Isles) as well as on any aspect of Italian history from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries.