Dr Valentina Caldari

Director of Studies in History
Fellow of St Catharine's College
Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of History
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I studied History in Rome before completing a joint PhD at the Universities of Kent (Canterbury, UK) and Porto (Portugal).

I joined St Catharine’s in September 2018 after spending three years as a Departmental Lecturer in History at Balliol College, University of Oxford.

I am broadly interested in the political and diplomatic history of early modern Europe, particularly the interaction between England and the Iberian Peninsula in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 

I am one of the convenors of the Early Modern World Workshop and Seminar, with colleagues in early modern European and world history.


I teach early modern European and world history, and I lecture on early modern Iberia.

For Part I, I supervise for Paper 4 (British Political History 1485-1714), Paper 16 (European history 1450-1760), and Paper 21 (Empires in World History from the fifteenth century to the First World War).


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St Catharine's College 
Trumpington Street 


Key Publications

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

‘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

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