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Valerio Zanetti

Valerio Zanetti

PhD Candidate, Early Modern European History

AHRC and Cambridge Trust Scholar

Valerio Zanetti is available for consultancy.


I graduated summa cum laude from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, where my work focused on early modern iconography and iconology. I then completed a masters in Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of Sheffield. My dissertation examining political women's physical performances and sartorial practices during the French Revolution was awarded a Petrie Watson Exhibition Prize. 

I am currently in my third year as a History PhD student, working under the supervision of Prof Ulinka Rublack. My research investigates the emergence of a female sport culture in early modern Europe. More specifically, I am tracing the development of female equestrianism at the French court between the late sixteenth and the early eighteenth century.


I supervise undergraduate students for Part I, Paper 16 and Part II, Paper 14 (Faculty of History, University of Cambridge)

I am a graduate lecturer for the HAP classes on 'Cultural History' and 'Gender' (Faculty of History, University of Cambridge) 

Other Professional Activities

I am a co-convenor of the 'Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network' 

I am the organiser of the 'Fashioning the Early Modern Courtier' conference at St John's College (16 May 2018)

I am a former co-convenor of the seminar 'Things: Material Cultures of the Early Modern World' at CRASSH (Cambridge) 

In 2015, I collaborated as a curatorial assistant at the Warburton Gallery in Edinburgh.


  • Early Modern History

Key Publications

Valerio Zanetti, 'Un giro di valzer', in V. LaMendola and M. Villano (eds), Film da sfogliare: dalla pagina allo schermo (Milano: 2013), pp. 76-77

Other Publications

Valerio Zanetti, review of Holly Grout, The Force of Beauty: Transforming French Ideas of Femininity in the Third RepublicFrench History 29.3 (2015), pp. 202-204