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Mediterranean Studies 17 (2008)



  1. Francesco Borri, “Neighbors and Relatives”: The Plea of Rižana as a Source for Northern Adriatic Elites

  2. Xenia Bonch-Bruevich, Ideologies of the Spanish Reconquest and Isidore’s Political Thought

  3. Ernest E. Jenkins, The Interplay of Financial and Political Conflicts Connected to Toulouse during the Late Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuries

  4. Eduardo Fichera, A l’alta fantasia qui mancò possa: Dante between Vision and Invention

  5. Donald J. Kagay, The Dynastic Dimension of International Conflict in Fourteenth-Century Iberia               

  6. Maria Marta Lobo de Araújo, The Archbishops of Braga and their Assistance to the Poor in Early Modern Portugal

  7. Pedro de Brito, Knights, Squires and Foot Soldiers in Portugal during the Sixteenth-Century Military Revolution

  8. Heather L. Sale Holian, Family Jewels: The Gendered Marking of Medici Women in Court  Portraits of the Late Renaissance

  9. Daniel Fusch, The Spirited Mind: The Ethics and Epistemology of Early Modern Wonder


About the Contributors:

Maria Marta Lobo de Araújo holds a doctorate in Modern and Contemporary History from the Universidade do Minho in Portugal. She is currently an Associate Professor, with Agregação status in the History Department and a researcher working in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Landscapes, Individuals and Societies, at the same university. Her research interests lie in the fields of Social and Religious History. She is the author of several books and has written various articles appearing in prominent journals published in Portugal and internationally.

Xenia Bonch-Bruevich is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Her primary research interests include the development of the Iberian national narrative in the wake of Arab and Muslim invasions of Spain. She is the author of Electronic Text and Concordances of the Setenario by Alfonso el Sabio (Madison: 1999) and has published articles on ethnographic, legal, and philosophical thought in medieval Iberian chronicles and histories.

Francesco Borri studied archeology, earning his Ph.D. in Medieval History at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. During his undergraduate and graduate studies, he traveled in Albania, Austria, England, Germany and the US, where he conducted research at the University of Notre Dame. His main interests are early medieval Italy, the Adriatic, and the Balkans, and he has published articles in this area. Currently, he resides in Germany with his family, and he has a research contract with the University of Venice to study Medieval Croatia.

Pedro de Brito became a historian later in life. In his younger days he was a military reserve officer and saw action in Africa. He graduated from Lisbon University in Modern Languages, and then in History from Porto University. His dissertation for the M.A. in Modern History was published with the title “Patriciado Urbano Quinhentista: As famílias dominantes do Porto 1500–1580”—a shorter version of the same is included in volume V of Mediterranean Studies. Since 1982 he has assisted the Porto Military Museum in his capacity as military historian. He published “Military Memoirs of the Peninsular War as Sources for the Contemporary History of Portugal” in the Winter 1992 Bulletin of the SSPHS, Os soldadinhos do Porto: Oporto's Tiny Soldiers (1999) and a study on the art of war in Portugal, as the Introduction to D. Francisco Manuel de Melo's Politica militar en avisos de generales (2000). He is now pursuing his research on sixteenth century Portuguese military history.

Eduardo Fichera received his Ph.D. in Italian at Rutgers University. He has taught at Rutgers, Wheaton College, Brown University, and Marquette University. He is now teaching in Urbino, Italy, where he lives with his family. He is currently revising his dissertation, entitled “Dalla Vita Nuova al Paradiso: Ineffabilità e frode letteraria in Dante,” for publication. His published research includes the article “Ineffabilità e crisi poetica nella Vita Nuova.” At Marquette University he received Faculty Development Grants in 2005 and 2006, and the Gettle Faculty Research Grant in 2005. At Wheaton College He received the Professor of the Year Award in 2004, and the AAUP Annual Service Award.

Daniel Fusch is the editor of Dante’s Heart: A Journal of Myth, Fairytale, Folklore, and Fantasy, an online venue for writers and artists engaged in the study of the marvelous ( He holds a Ph.D. in English Literary Studies from the University of Denver, and has published articles in Mediterranean Studies, Appositions, and Reconstructions, as well as poetry. His research is focused on the epistemology of wonder and the history of the marvelous. Currently he resides in Denver, Colorado, as an independent scholar, and works with a local firm to design training seminars for administrators in higher education.

Ernest E. Jenkins is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Kansas. His interests focus on the social, legal, and ecclesiastical history of the Mediterranean during the High Middle Ages. Currently he is investigating patronage of monasteries in Iberia and the Latin East, linking this work with his book project on connectivity throughout the Mediterranean world during the High Middle Ages. He has received a Heckman Fund award to support research at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library during the summer of 2008.

Donald J. Kagay is an expert in medieval legal and military history, with a specialty in the medieval Crown of Aragon. He received his Ph.D. at Fordham University, under Joseph O’Callahan. His scholarship includes the publication of three books, eight essay collections, and twenty-nine refereed articles. In 1994, the University of Pennsylvania published his most significant scholarly contributions, a translation of a major medieval law code under the title The Usatges of Barcelona: The Fundamental Law of Catalonia. This book has also received electronic publication in the Library of Iberian Resources Online, His second book, The Customs of Catalonia between Lords and Vassals of Pere Albert, Barcelona Canon: A Practical Guide to Feudal Relations in Medieval Spain, was published by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in 2002. His third book, War, Government, and Society in the Medieval Crown of Aragon (a collection of thirteen earlier articles) was published by Ashgate in 2007. He is co-founder of two scholarly organizations: The Texas Medieval Association (TEMA) and De Re Militari (the latter dedicated to the study of warfare in the Middle Ages).

Heather L. Sale Holian is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She has published on Giotto’s Arena Chapel, portraits by Bronzino, and issues posed by images of Medici women of the sixteenth century. Her current work is a book-length investigation of the role of jewelry in portraits of Medici women throughout the family’s two-hundred-year rule of Tuscany, including a consideration of the use of jewelry at other contemporary European court centers, the place of Medicean portraits within that tradition and the meaning of these dynastically-loaded images.