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Dr Valentina Caldari

Dr Valentina  Caldari

Fellow and Director of Studies in History

St Catharine's College

St Catharine's College

Office Phone: 01223 338360


Dr Valentina Caldari studied History in Rome before completing a joint PhD at the Universities of Kent (Canterbury, UK) and Porto (Portugal). She joined the University of Cambridge as a Fellow of St Catharine's College in September 2018, after three years as a Departmental Lecturer at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Her research addresses early modern European politics and diplomacy, and the ways in which they were informed by global events in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. While preparing her book manuscript on ‘The Global Spanish Match’ for publication, she has co-edited a volume of essays on Stuart Marriage Diplomacy (Boydell and Brewer, 2018). 

Valentina is Director of Studies for Part I and supervises for Papers 4, 16, and 21.

Subject groups/Research projects

Early Modern History:

Departments and Institutes

St Catharine's College:


Part I, Paper 16: European history, 1450-1760

Part I, Paper 4: British political history, 1485-1714

Part I, Paper 21: Empires and world history from the fifteenth century to the First World War


  • Early Modern History

Key Publications

Edited Collections

(with Sara J. Wolfson), Stuart Marriage Diplomacy. Dynastic Politics in their European Context, 1604-1630 (Boydell and Brewer, 2018)

(with Rubén González Cuerva), The Secret Mechanisms of Courts: Factions in Early Modern Europe, Revista Libros de la Corte, Monográfico 2 (2015)

Chapters in Books

‘The Dissolution of the 1621 Parliament through Spanish Eyes’, in Stuart Marriage Diplomacy. Dynastic Politics in their European Context, 1604-1630 , ed. by Valentina Caldari and Sara J. Wolfson (Boydell and Brewer, 2018), pp. 79-94

‘Trade and Piracy. The role of a potential queen consort in the 1620s’, in Colonization, Piracy, and Trade in Early Modern Europe. The Roles of Powerful Women and Queens, ed. by Estelle Paranque, Nate Probasco, and Claire Jowitt, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp. 117-39


Other Publications

Book Reviews for: Reviews in History; Sixteenth Century Journal; Journal of Northern Renaissance; Journal of Ecclesiastical History