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I am a historian of late medieval and Renaissance Europe, specialising in the political and social history of the Italian Quattrocento. I was recently awarded my doctorate (DPhil) from the University of Oxford. Previously, I studied History (BA) and Historical Sciences (MA) at the University of Milan, and qualified as an archivist and palaeographer following the two-year postgraduate course of the Italian state archives. In April 2019, I took up a four-year research fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge.

For my PhD, I investigated the world of borders in fifteenth-century northern Italy: how they were drawn, crossed and imagined; and what they can tell us about the spatial fabric of political and social life in the later middle ages. While revising my thesis for publication, I am now developing a new research project: inspired by my doctoral work on borders as sites of movement and control, the project will explore the role played by mobility in shaping power and social relations in early Renaissance Europe.


I have written about the political, social and cultural history of displacement and exile in late medieval Italy. I'm also the co-editor of a special issue of The Journal of Early Modern History titled 'Cities in Motion: Movement and Urban Space in Early Modern Europe', which is set to appear in early 2021.

Research Fellow, Trinity College (History)
Dr Luca  Zenobi

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