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Rodrigo Isidro Garcia-Velasco

Rodrigo Isidro Garcia-Velasco

PhD Candidate at Woolf Institute and History Faculty, University of Cambridge

St John's College
Cambridge CB2 1TP
Office Phone: +447776201425


My PhD project focuses on the formation of frontier communities in Spain during the period of Christian expansion over the previously Muslim-dominated territories of al-Andalus, between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. It is currently supervised by Prof. David Abulafia, and co-supervised by Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner.

By examining a series of understudied corpus of documentary sources (fueros and cartas de población, called in English franchises and population charters), I will explore the strategies employed by the Christian settlers to accommodate the heterogeneous Muslim, Jewish and Arabised Christian autochthonous peoples. The aim is to help to understand the formation of new societies during the expansion of Latin Christendom throughout the Iberian Peninsula, C.XI-XIII.

I hold a BA (Hons) in History and MSt in Medieval History by the University of Oxford (2009-2013), and an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies by the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2013-2014).

Research Interests

The Christian and Islamic medieval Mediterranean, frontiers, global history, interfaith studies, Jewish-Muslim-Christian contact, migration history