Dr Lisa Kattenberg

Research Fellow in History, Gonville and Caius College
Dr Lisa Kattenberg

I received my PhD in 2018 from the University of Amsterdam with a dissertation on reason of state in the early modern Spanish monarchy, which was awarded the Keetje Hodshon prize for best doctoral thesis in history completed at a Dutch university during the past five years. My BA was in History (University of Amsterdam), followed by a Research MA in History (University of Amsterdam) and an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History (Queen Mary / UCL). I have been a short term research fellow at the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome and the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid.

I am a historian of early modern political culture and ideas, with a special interest in the Spanish monarchy, the Low Countries and the Iberian Atlantic. My research has focused on reason of state, and I have been trying to find out how individuals negotiated the tension between political pragmatism and moral-religious principles in an empire under pressure, both in theory and in practice. I am generally interested in conflict and (intellectual) exchange within the Spanish empire, particularly the connections between the Dutch Revolt and the Chilean Arauco War. I have also worked on early modern Mediterranean captivity narratives.


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Gonville & Caius College, Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1TA


Key Publications

‘The Free Slave. Morality, Neostoicism and Publishing Strategy in Emanuel d’Aranda’s Algiers and its Slavery, 1640-1682’, in: Mario Klarer, ed., Mediterranean Slavery and World Literature: Captivity Genres from Cervantes to Rousseau (London: Routledge 2019), pp. 152-172.

‘Military Rebellion and Reason of State. Pacification of Mutinies in the Habsburg Army of Flanders, 1599-1601’, BMGN-Low Countries Historical Review 131:2 (2016), pp. 3-21.

with Rosanne Baars , ‘“Het leezen van goede boeken, … is al te noodigen zaek”. Boekenbezit van Amsterdamse kunstenaars, 1650-1700’, Amstelodamum 101-3 (2014), pp. 22-38.

‘Moslims, “morale deuchden” en commercieel succes. Het slavernijverslag van Emanuel d’Aranda, 1640-1682’, De Zeventiende Eeuw 28-1 (2012), pp. 21-39.

‘Fadrique Furió Ceriol en het Spaanse denken over de Nederlandse Opstand, 1566-1573,’ Skript Historisch Tijdschrift 31-4 (2009), pp. 206-18.