6 de January de 2016

Frederic Aparisi Romero

PhD in Medieval History at the University of Valencia
Assistant professor in the Medieval History and Historiographic Sciences department of the University of Valencia


Biographical sketch

Born in Gandia in 1982, I graduated in History from the University of Valencia in 2005. In 2006 I coursed the Pedagogical Adaptation Course, worked at the Arxiu Històric de Gandia and began my doctoral studies. Between 2007 and 2010 I received a V Segles predoctoral fellowship from the University of Valencia for the study of rural elites and inequality in peasant communities in the kingdom of Valencia during the Middle Ages under the supervision of Ferran Garcia-Oliver. Between 2011 and 2012 I joined the Cardenal Herrera-CEU University. In 2013 I obtained a predoctoral fellowship from The Joint Center for History and Economics, Cambridge University and Harvard. In 2016 I defended my doctoral thesis at the University of Valencia, receiving the extraordinary doctorate award for it (2017). Yet in 2016 I was an associate professor in the Department of Medieval History and Historiographic Sciences at the University of Valencia. In 2017 I again joined the Cardenal Herrera-CEU University as a professor of Food History. Subsequently, I obtained a Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Lleida (2018-20) and yet in 2020 I won a position as a senior research technician in said Department of Medieval History and Historiographic Sciences of the University of Valencia. Nowadays I am an assistant professor of Medieval History in that department. I have been awarded several local scholarships and awards, including the International Mudejarism Award (2011) and the Uriach Foundation’s History of Medicine Award (2019) on the converso physician 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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