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Dr Luca Zenobi

Dr Luca Zenobi

Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College

Luca Zenobi is available for consultancy.

Trinity College, Trinity St
Cambridge CB2 1TQ


I am a historian of late medieval and Renaissance Europe, specialising in the political and social history of the Italian Quattrocento. I was recently awarded my doctorate (DPhil) from the University of Oxford, where I held the Hugh Trevor-Roper Graduate Scholarship in History. Previously, I studied History (BA) and Historical Sciences (MA) at the University of Milan, and qualified as archivist and palaeographer following the two-year postgraduate course of the Italian state archives. In April 2019, I took up a four-year research fellowship at Trinity College.

For my doctorate, I investigated the world of borders in fifteenth-century northern Italy: how they were drawn, crossed and imagined; and what they can tell us about the spatial fabric of political and social life in the later middle ages. While revising my thesis for publication, I am now developing a new research project: inspired by my doctoral work on borders as sites of movement and control, the project will explore the role played by mobility in shaping power and social relations in early Renaissance Europe.

Research Interests

In addition to those above, my interests include: environmental history, especially the long history of rivers and mountain ranges; the cultural history of cartography and record-keeping; the application of digital methods (GIS, SNA) and new relational approaches (entangled history, histoire croisée) to the study of the past; and the interdisciplinary connections between history and the social sciences (notably political geography and social theory).

Research Supervision

I welcome inquiries from students interested in the history of late medieval and Renaissance Italy.

Key Publications

‘Itinerari di mobilità geografica e sociale nelle e dalle valli bergamasche a seguito dell’espansione veneziana’, in La mobilità sociale nel Medioevo italiano (vol. II: Stati e istituzioni, secoli XIV-XV), ed. by A. Gamberini, Roma 2017, pp. 377-393

‘Guerra, stato e poteri locali sul medio corso dell’Adda alla metàdel Quattrocento. Organizzazione militare e difesa dei confini’, in Società e storia, 149/3 (2015), pp. 469-491

'Nascita di un territorio. La vicenda del Monte di Brianza tra Trecento e Quattrocento', in Quaderni storici, 144/3 (2013), pp. 813-55

Other Publications

‘Venice's Terraferma Expansion and the Negotiation of Territories in Late Medieval Italy’, invited for publication by Ateneo Veneto

Cities in Motion: Movement and Urban Space in Early Modern Europe, ed. with P. Gonzalez Martin and R. Salzberg – special issue of the Journal of Early Modern History, now in preparation

Borders and the Politics of Space in Late Medieval Italy: Milan, Venice and their Territories in the Fifteenth Century (book manuscript recently invited for publication by the editors of the ‘Oxford Historical Monographs’ book series published by Oxford University Press)