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


Biographical sketch

Frederic Aparisi holds a PhD in history from the University of Valencia (2016). He has been a predoctoral fellow in the Department of Medieval History at the university of Valencia (2007-10) and at The Joint Center for History and Economics, Cambridge and Harvard University (2013). Subsequently, he has been a postdoctoral researcher Juan de la Cierva-training at the University of Lleida (2018-20), research technician at the aforementioned Department of Medieval History and Historiographic Sciences of the University of Valencia (2020) and professor of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University. He has been awarded several local scholarships and prizes, including the ‘The Prize for the History of Medicine’ of the Uriach Foundation (2019) for his work about the converso doctor 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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