6 de January de 2016

Frederic Aparisi Romero

PhD in Medieval History at the University of Valencia
Research technician in Medieval History department of University of Valencia

frederic.aparisi@uv.es

Biographical sketch

Born in Gandia in 1982, I am currently a ‘Juan de la Cierva-formación’ postdoctoral fellows at the University of Lleida. I gained my PhD in 2016 at the University of Valencia. I have been a predoctoral fellow in the Department of Medieval History of the aforementioned university between 2007 and 2010. In 2012 I obtained a fellowship from The Joint Center for History and Economics, from the University of Cambridge and the University of Harvard. I have stayed at Leicester, Aberystwith and Cambridge universities. I have also been a lecturer at the CEU Cardenal Herrera University. My research studies on the medieval rural society, focusing my doctoral thesis on rural elites and the processes of social differentiation in rural communities. This has led me to studying healthcare in the rural world, rural-city but also lords-vassals relations, which has also allowed me to study some families of the lesser Valencian nobility. From the perspective of production and consumption, I have also been interested in the history of food. I have also worked on the figure of Lluís Alcanyís, having won the Uriach Foundation L Prize of History of Medicine with a research about him.

Research avenues

  • Rural elites
  • Rural history
  • Patterns of consumption and standards of living
  • Food history
  • Lesser Nobility

Doctoral Thesis

  • Title: « Del camp a la ciutat. Les elits rurals valencianes a la baixa edat mitjana ».
  • Summary: The thesis aims to study the Valencian rural elites and their role in rural-urban relations during the late Middle Ages. The chronology of this work ranges from the late fourteenth century to the early sixteenth. It is divided into three sections. The first one is dedicated to the analysis of economic strategies of these families. It emphasizes the wide range of businesses of various types that configured the economic activities of rural elites. In the second part, the composition of wealthy families based on several factors such as marital strategies, family size, integration of close relatives and domestic staff is analysed. The outward signs of difference, from the reproduction in local management posts to the adoption of forms and behaviours from the urban world, are addressed in the third part. Also, in this block, the ways of social promotion employed by these leading villagers are considered. The social ascension used to imply an intense mobility often involved their migration to the capital of the kingdom, Valencia. Before presenting the conclusions, the last part analyses one of the most suggestive families, illustrating the evolution of what was the Valencian rural elites throughout the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the Matamalas.
  • Supervisor: Dr. Ferran Garcia-Oliver
  • Grade: Summa cum laude. International Doctorate Mention

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