6 de January de 2016

Frederic Aparisi Romero

PhD in Medieval History at the University of Valencia
Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Medieval History and Historiographical Sciences at the University of Valencia


Biographical sketch

Born in Gandia in 1982, since 2021 he is an assistant lecturer at the Department of Medieval History and Historiographical Sciences and Tecniques at the University of Valencia. In 2005 he completed his degree in History at the same university. Between 2007 and 2010 she enjoyed a V Segles predoctoral grant from the University of Valencia for the study of rural elites and internal inequalities of peasant communities in the kingdom of Valencia during the Middle Ages. In 2013 she obtained a pre-doctoral fellowship from The Joint Centre for History and Economics, University of Cambridge and Harvard. In 2016 he defended his doctoral thesis at the University of Valencia, receiving the extraordinary doctoral prize (2017). He has been a lecturer and researcher at the Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU in 2011 and 2012, and again in 2016-2018. Between 2018 and 2020 he enjoyed a Juan de la Cierva-training postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Lleida. Throughout all these years, he have been awarded several local grants and prizes, including the International Prize for Mudejarism (2011) and the Uriach Foundation’s History of Medicine Prize (2019) on the medical convert Lluís Alcanyís.

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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