Professor Andrea Gamberini

Nominated Fellow

Home Institution: University of Milan    



Andrea is Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Milan. He was the Fowler Hamilton Visiting Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford, in 2012-2013, and has since been a Senior Member of “The House”, a Visiting Professor at Kyoto University in 2010, and a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, in 2012, then elected into Life Membership. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Italian journal “Quaderni Storici”. He is a co-editor of the series “Renaissance History, Art and Culture” (Amsterdam University Press).

Among his most recent books: La legittimita’ contesa. Costruzione statale e culture politiche (Lombardia, secoli XII-XV). Roma: Viella, 2016; (ed), A Companion to Late medieval and early modern Milan. The Distinctive Features of an Italian State. Leiden: Brill. 2015; (With Isabella Lazzarini, eds.). The Italian Renaissance State. Cambridge: CUP, 2012)


Population and urban space in a late medieval Italian city: the case of Reggio Emilia

During his stay at IASH, Andrea would propose to start a completely new research. It concerns population in Reggio Emilia – a small city in Northern Italy – during the Later Middle Ages, for which there survives considerable documentation. Although Reggio is not among the prominent cities of the day, it represents an extraordinary case-study, as it boasts as many as three poll tax registers (libri focorum) relating to 1315, 1409 and 1454. From a summary analysis of all these materials, several themes have been identified, such as: changes in population in the age of the Black Plague, grouping of families within the urban space, models of households, political bonds among lineages.