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Dr Gianluca Raccagni
Lecturer in Medieval History; Medieval History
- Erasmus Coordinator for History
Affiliated research centres
I graduated in Medieval History at the University of Bologna and moved for my postgraduate studies to the University of Cambridge, where I subsequently held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Teaching Associateship at Gonville and Caius College. After a brief spell as Canon Foundation Research Fellow at the Department of Occidental History of the University of Tokyo, I was appointed Teaching Fellow in Medieval and Renaissance History and then Chancellor's Fellow in History at Edinburgh.
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
The siege of Parma 1248, from the chronicle of Giovanni Villani, Biblioteca Vaticana, ms. Chigiano L VIII 296
My research explores political culture and political structures in the central Middle Ages. I focus especially on the world of the city republics of northern Italy, considering the relations among them (especially regional leagues), those with the Holy Roman Emperor and the Papacy (including the crusades against Christian lay powers and their places in the wider crusades phenomenon), and that with medieval universities (particularly their faculties of arts and law). In addition, I am fascinated by the links of the city republics with the rest of Europe and the Mediterranean, and especially England and Byzantium.
Current research activities
I am currently writing a monograph on the second Lombard League, its conflict with Emperor Frederick II and its involvement in the crusades against Christian lay powers in the thirteenth century.
I am also completing a number of other works, which include:
- An exploration of the suprisingly abundant evidence to be found in Anglo-Norman sources regarding the conflicts between the Holy Roman emperors and the Italian city republics. I am examining what caused that interest and how that evidence was acquired.
- A study of the uses and perceptions of the Peace of Constance, an iconic document that could be described as the Magna Carta of the Lombard cities, in the thirteenth century. My sources here include governmental records, chronicles, but also rhetorical and juridical works. Some of the findings of this project have already been published.
- The second Lombard League and the Italian crusades
- The Mediterranean cities and their rulers in the long thirteenth century
- Anglo-Norman views on the conflict between the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and the Lombard cities.
- Uses and perceptions of the Peace of Constance (the Magna Carta of the Lombard cities) in the 13th century
- Introduction to Medieval Europe 2A: c.950-1200
- Introduction to Medieval Europe 2B: c.1200-1450
- History in Theory
- History in Practice
- The crusades and Medieval Society
- Medieval Letters and Letter-Writing
- The Crusades: thirteenth-century crossroads
- Dante's Inferno: medieval society, sin and eternal damnation
- Medieval Universities: Academic Communities, Learning and the Wider Society
I welcome the opportunity to supervise postgraduate research on any aspect of European and Mediterranean political culture in the central Middle Ages.
Representation of the crusade of Saint Louis (BnF,Français 5716, fol. 40)
Books - Authored
Raccagni, G. (2010) The Lombard League 1167-1225. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Raccagni, G. (2016) When the emperor submitted to his rebellious subjects: A neglected and innovative legal account of the 1183-Peace of Constance. English Historical Review, 131(550), pp. 519-39DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/cew173
Raccagni, G. (2014) English views on Lombard city communes and their conflicts with Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa. Quaderni Storici, 145, pp. 183-218DOI: https://doi.org/10.1408/76676
Raccagni, G. (2013) Reintroducing the emperor and repositioning the city republics in the ‘republican’ thought of the rhetorician Boncompagno da Signa. Historical Research, pp. 579-600DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2281.12033
Raccagni, G. (2013) The teaching of rhetoric and the Magna Carta of the Lombard cities: the Peace of Constance, the Empire and the Papacy in the works of Guido Faba and his leading contemporary colleagues. Journal of Medieval History, 39(1), pp. 61-79DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03044181.2012.745446
Raccagni, G. (2012) Tra Lega Lombarda e pars Ecclesie. L’evoluzione della seconda Lega Lombarda e la leadership dei legati papali negli anni a cavallo della morte di Federico II (1239-1259) [Between Lombard League and Pars Ecclesie. The Second Lombard League and the Leadership of Papal Legates in the years around the death of Emperor Frederick II 1239-1259]. Società e storia, 35(136), pp. 249-275
Raccagni, G. (2011) A Byzantine title in a post-Byzantine world: local aspirations and the theory of translatio imperii in the use of the exarchal title by the archbishops of Ravenna through the Middle Ages. Mediterranean historical review, 25(2), pp. 133-146DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09518967.2010.536672
Raccagni, G. (2006) Le legazioni del cardinale Ildebrando Crasso a Ravenna e lo scontro tra Alessandro III e Federico I (1152-1178). Ravenna Studi e Ricerche, 13, pp. 50-78
Raccagni, G. (2021) Beyond the Polis. In: Biagini, E. (ed.) A Cultural History of Democracy.
Raccagni, G. (2016) An exemplary revolt of the central middle ages?: Echoes of the first Lombard League across the Christian world around the year 1200. In: Firnhaber-Baker, J. and Schoenaers, D. (eds.) The Routledge History Handbook of Medieval Revolt. Routledge, pp. 130-151DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315542423
Raccagni, G. (2013) The Appellate Jurisdiction, the Emperor and the City – Republics in Early 13th-Century Northern Italy. In: Law and disputing in the Middle Ages: Proceedings of the 9th Carlsberg Academy Conference on medieval legal history. DJØF Publishing, pp. 181-200
Raccagni, G. (2008) ‘Il diritto pubblico, la Pace di Costanza e i libri iurium dei comuni’. In: Gli inizi del diritto pubblico europeo, II. Da Federico I a Federico II. Die Anfänge des öffentlichen Rechts, II. Von Friedrich Barbarossa zu Friedrich II. Bologna and Berlin: Il Mulino, pp. 309-39