6 de January de 2016

Frederic Aparisi Romero

fredericaparisiPhD in Medieval History at the University of Valencia
‘Juan de la Cierva’ researcher at the University of Lleida


Biographical sketch

Born in Gandia (1982), and Ph.D. 2016 (Valencia). In 2007 I obtained the V Segles Fellowship in the Departament d’Història Medieval of the Universitat de València, where I was supervised by prof. Ferran Garcia-Oliver. In this context, I stayed in the Centre for Local and Regional History of the University of Leicester, with prof. Chris Dyer as the supervisor (2009) and in the History and Welsh History Department of the University of Aberystwyth with Philipp Schofield (2010). Between 2011 and 2012 I was lecturer of the Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera de Valencia. This last year I obtained a grant from The Joint Centre for History and Economics, at the University of Cambridge and the University of Harvard. Hereafter, I has combined the completion of my thesis with the work as a freelance historian in different researches. As a result of these, I have published various works, among which it can be referred Beniopa. Història d’un poble (2015) and the collective work Gandia. Projecte Urban (2016).

Research Avenues

  • Rural Elites
  • Patterns of consumption and standards of living
  • Lesser Nobility
  • Rural History

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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