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Dr David Napolitano

Dr  David Napolitano

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty of History
Room 6.40
West Road

Cambridge CB3 9EF
Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 767411

Subject groups/Research projects

Ancient and Medieval History:

Research Interests

Building upon my parallel background in law, literature, and history, my academic interest lies in the study of treatises on city government across modern geographical, linguistic, and institutional boundaries. I am particularly interested in the gradual development of a professional ethics (profile and code of conduct) for city magistrates and its role in building trust in medieval city government.

I am currently working on a new critical edition of the Oculus pastoralis (1220s) (Brepols) and a monograph dealing with the topic of my PhD thesis, i.e. an investigation of the profile and code of conduct of the city magistrate in thirteenth-century Italy. I am also active as an Editor in the Erasmus' Opera omnia project (Brill), and, together with Prof. Dr Kenneth Pennington, I am co-editing a volume on the Middle Ages for a new series under the general editorship of Prof. Dr Eugenio Biagini, entitled A Cultural History of Democracy (Bloomsbury Academic).

Research Supervision

I act as an examiner of MPhil dissertations in topics on medieval history.


I lecture on different aspects of medieval Italy as part of the Historical Tripos, Part I - Paper 14 (European History, 900-c.1215) and Paper 15 (European History, 1200-1520).

I supervise undergraduates for the Historical Tripos, Part I - Paper 15 (European History, 1200-1500).