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Dr Jonathan Davies

On Research Leave in 2024
Contact Information:
  • Office: FAB 3.64
  • Telephone: 02476 523420. Please note that I will not be available on this number in 2023/24 as I will be teaching in Venice in Term 1 and on research leave in terms 2 and 3.
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Academic Profile
Undergraduate Modules Taught
    Postgraduate Courses and Modules Taught

    My current research concentrates on the folklore of Europe (including the British Isles) from prehistory to the present and on violence in early modern Europe (including the British Isles), especially its literary representations. I also have longstanding interests in the history of the Italian states (especially Tuscany) between 1350 and 1600.

    Research Supervision

    I am happy to supervise postgraduate students on any aspect of my research interests. My current doctoral students are:

    Wanxin Du, "Violent Crimes and Criminal Justice in the State of Siena, 1590-1650"Link opens in a new window

    Sophie Hartles, "Laughter and Violence in the Italian Renaissance: The Physical and Emotional Abuse of the beffa"Link opens in a new window

    Authored Books
    Edited Books
    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
    • I have reviewed for the American Historical Review, the Burlington Magazine, European History Quarterly, H-Italy, Renaissance Quarterly, and the Sixteenth Century Journal.