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Research Projects

Thanks to the breadth and depth of Warwick’s expertise in Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, the Centre has been home to a broad range of collaborative research projects with funding from, among others, the AHRC, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the European Science Foundation, the Institut Universitaire de France, the Leverhulme Trust, and Horizon 2020 (including Marie Sklodowska-Curie). Large-scale research initiatives have included the James Shirley project, Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy and Petrarch Commentaries and Exegesis, all three funded by the AHRC, as well as the Leverhulme-funded Renaissance Cultural Crossroads project, which produced a database of Early Modern English translations (1473-1640), and the Leverhulme International Network on Renaissance Conflict and Rivalries: Cultural Polemics in Europe, c. 1400–c. 1650, which has generated three volumes of Proceedings (the last of which is due to be published in 2023). All projects are detailed in our Research Archive (link here).

Current Doctoral Research:

  • 'Education in Sixteenth-century Italy between Latin and Italian: teachers, students and methods' (Valeria Cesaraccio)
  • 'Sallust in the European Renaissance' (Marta Spina)
  • 'François Hotman : Writing and Making History in Times of Religious Conflict' (Christian Martens)
  • 'Edible Saints and Holy Vices: Late Medieval and Renaissance Ecclesiastical Parody' (Daria Akhapkina)
  • 'Renaissance school teaching: Latin language pedagogy and innovation in the shadow of tradition in England, 1540-1640' (Clive Letchford)
  • 'Transalpine Travellers and Friendly Affairs: Alba Amicorum in Early Modern Italy, ca. 1550-1700' (Karin Sprang)
  • 'Crime and Justice in Tuscany in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries' (Wanxin Du)
  • 'Bene constitutae civitatis alumna eloquentia: Neo-Latin letters by women humanists in the Venetian Quattrocento' (Alex Tadel)
  • 'The Christian kingdom of Ethiopia in the travel diary of Francisco Álvares (1520-1526)' (Mathilde Alain)
  • 'Alchemical iconography as mediator of knowledge on the example of European manuscripts of 15th and 16th centuries' (Sergei Zotov)
  • 'Public Rituals, Space and the Senses in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Bologna' (Eva van Kemenade)
  • 'Laughter and Violence in the Italian Renaissance: The physical and emotional abuse of the beffa’ (Sophie Hartles)
  • From Vergil to David: Maffeo Vegio’s ‘Literary conversion.’ A study on the shaping of literary careers by early Renaissance writers (

    Iván Parga Ornelas)

  • Ars Oblivionalis: A Cultural History of Forgetting in Renaissance Florence (Matthew Topp)

  Recent Publications by our Doctoral Students

Mathilde Alain ~ Noter, classer, utiliser : les carnets de voyage d'Antoine d'Abbadie en Éthiopie, Sources. Material & Fieldwork in African Studies 3, 2021.

Eva van Kemenade ~ 'Marginalised Voices in French Festival Culture’, The Court Historian, 27.1 (2022). DOI Online article link

Sergei Zotov ~ Medieval Magic. Visual history of Witches and Sorcerers. Moscow: AST, 2022 (in Russian; co-authored by Dilshat Kharman). On-line excerpt hereLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window.

AlexTadel ~ Keria: Studia Latina et Graeca · Isotta Nogarola: Elegija v slavo cianskega podeželja. December 2022.