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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

My academic interest lies in the study of the cultural and political history of cities in medieval Europe, with a particular emphasis on the functioning of city magistrates, both in theory and in practice. A major focus is the development of a didactic literature targeted at these city magistrates and the nexus between ethics and city politics embedded in this literature.

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. Together with Prof. Dr Kenneth Pennington, I am also 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).

Other Professional Activities

I am also active as an Editor within the Erasmus' Opera Omnia project (Brill).