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Dr Jonathan Davies

Contact Information:
  • Room 320
  • Telephone: 02476 523420
  • Email:
  • Office Hours in Term 1: Tuesdays 1.00-2.00 and Wednesdays 12:00-1:00. These are face-to-face in my office. If you would like to make an appointment, please do so here. NB In Week 1 only, my office hours will be Tuesday, 5 October 1.00-2.00 in my office and Thursday, 7 October 9.00-10.00 on Teams.
Academic Profile
  • 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 Fellowship at the University of Leeds. I was also a member of the Committee of the Institute for Medieval Studies .
  • 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 STVDIO, 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'.
  • I am the joint coordinator of the The History of Violence Network.
  • I am a member of the European History Research Centre.
  • I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2001. I have served as a member of the Council of the Society for Renaissance Studies . I am also a member of the Renaissance Society of America.
Undergraduate Modules Taught
    Postgraduate Courses and Modules Taught
    Authored Books
    Edited Books
    Articles in Refereed Journals
    • "Violence and Italian Universities during the Renaissance", 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)
    • "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 Impact of War" in Beat K├╝min (ed.), The European World 1500-1800: An Introduction to Early Modern History (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014), 308-16.
    • "The Ideal Student: Manuals of Student Behaviour in Early Modern Italy" in Richard Kirwan (ed.), Scholarly Self-Fashioning and Community in the Early Modern University (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, 1503-1530 (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.

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