Originally from Italy, I studied History at the University of Bologna and moved to the University of St Andrews for my PhD, which I completed in 2013. In 2013-2014 I was a postdoctoral researcher in the project Political Language in the Middle Ages: Semantical Approaches, based at Goethe -Universität Frankfurt am Main. Since February 2015 I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Nottingham, where I work on a project on the royal fisc in Carolingian and post-Carolingian Italy.
My teaching reflects my research interests on politics, institutions, and gender in the first centuries of the Middle Ages. I convene the third year option V13229 Dark Age Masculinities, which… read more
My research interests lie in the study of political and economic structures of the Carolingian world, with a particular focus on Italy, as well as on gender and women's history.
My doctoral research, which I am presently reworking for publication, analysed the role that queens played in the political history of the Italian kingdom in the ninth and tenth century. During my postdoc at Frankfurt University I have continued to work on royal women in Carolingian Europe, focusing on their representation in royal charters.
My current project investigates the royal fisc, the landed wealth controlled by the rulers of Italy from c. 774 to 962. The analysis of royal estates and how they were administered aims to cast light on the relationship between rulers, aristocracies and local communities. The project will also reassess the impact that historical turning points, such as the dissolution of the Carolingian empire in 888, had on the evolution of the political landscape, thus providing a comprehensive picture of the major developments in the politics and economics of the Italian kingdom.
My teaching reflects my research interests on politics, institutions, and gender in the first centuries of the Middle Ages. I convene the third year option V13229 Dark Age Masculinities, which focuses on gender identities and men's experiences in early medieval Europe.
Furthermore, I contribute to the following team taught modules:
- V11291 Introduction to the Medieval World
- V14543 Power and Authority in the Medieval World (MA)