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Dr Jonathan Davies

Contact Information:
  • Room 320
  • Telephone: 02476 523420
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  • Office Hours: Mondays 3.00-4.00 and Tuesdays 1.00-2.00. NB These are on Teams and not in my office. You can arrange a meeting with me here.
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
    • 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. In order to understand the connections between cultural, economic, political, religious, and social developments in Tuscany, I have used universities as a focus.

    My current research now concentrates on violence and insults in early modern Europe.

    I am happy to supervise postgraduate students on any aspect of violence 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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