Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Staff

Dr Francesca Pucci-Donati

Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology
Room number: 326

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Biography

I am a medieval historian interested in medieval culture, urban society and economy. I completed my PhD in Medieval History in 2004 (University of Bologna) on medical treatises and went on to conduct Post-doctoral and further research on medieval food culture in the Department of History, culture and civilisation (University of Bologna). In the course of this research I began archival work on urban society and economy at the Archives of Bologna and other Italian Archives. During this period, I also attended a two-year archive course in Bologna. In the field of archival records, my principal topics concern in particular supply, trade, craftsmanship, attitudes and hospitality. In 2018 I worked on an archival project concerning Venetian trade in the Black Sea during the XIV century at the Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage (University of Udine). I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Archaeology (University of Durham) and I am working on the RiskRes project (Risk and Resilience: exploring responses to historic earthquakes, 1200-1755) under the supervision of Professor Chris Gerrard. My role in this project is to carry out archival research on European earthquake responses – from local and national governments, religious institutions, society and ordinary people between the 13th and 18th century.

In 2016, I obtained the French national qualification (maître de conférences) in Medieval History (section 21). In 2017, I obtained the Italian qualification ASN (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) and the title of Associate Professor (field 11/A1 Medieval History).

Since 2004 I have participated a number of French and Italian Conferences on medieval history. I have written four monographs concerning respectively the medieval health literature, food supply, market trade and the hospitality industry. I have also written a number of articles about food culture and history, proverbial culture, urban society and economy between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period.

I am a member of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) and the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS).

Research Interests

  • Medieval History
  • Urban society and economy
  • Culture and Literature
  • History of the book
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Landscape
  • Climate and natural events1

Publications

Monographs

  • Pucci Donati, F. (2018). Luoghi e mestieri dell’ospitalità a Bologna nel Medioevo. Alberghi, taverne e osterie a Bologna tra Due e Quattrocento. Spoleto: CISAM (on the hospitality industry of late Middle Age Bologna).
  • Pucci Donati, F. (2016). Approvvigionamento, distribuzione e consumo in una città medievale. Il mercato del pesce a Bologna nei secoli XIII-XV.Spoleto: CISAM (on supply and market trade of late Middle Age Bologna).
  • Pucci Donati, F. (2014). Il mercato del pane. Politiche alimentari e consumi cerealicoli a Bologna fra Due e Trecento.Bologna: Bononia University Press (on food supply of late Middle Age Bologna).
  • Pucci Donati, F. (2007). Dieta, salute, calendari. Dal regime stagionale antico ai Regimina mensium medievali: origine di un genere nella letteratura medico-occidentale. Spoleto: CISAM (on medieval health literature).

 

Selection of articles and book chapters

  • Pucci Donati, F. (2018). Il segreto dell’ospitalità. In Alla bolognese. Dalla città grassa a Fico. Montanari, M., Bologna: Il Mulino, 2018: 79-93.
  • Pucci Donati, F. (2018). Aliments à vendre : buse et vendeurs de poissons (Bologne, XVIe). In Les métiers de bouche à l’époque moderne. Peyrebonne, N., Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes; Tours: Presses universitaires François-Rabelais de Tours: 99-108.
  • Pucci Donati, F. (2018). Les métiers de bouche à Tours dans la deuxième moitié du XVe siècle. Nuova Rivista Storica : 543-580.
  • Pucci Donati, F. (2018). Ravitaillement en céréales et marché urbain à Bologne au XIIIe siècle. In Approvisionner la ville. Flux alimentaires et circulations urbaines du Moyen Age au XIXe siècle, Knaepen, A., Loir, C., Wilkin, A. Bruxelles: Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles: 13-25.
  • Pucci Donati, F. (2017). Osti e osterie nei proverbi italiani fra Medioevo ed età moderna. Italica belgradensia, 1: pp. 33-45.
  • Pucci Donati, F. (2017). Il mercato del pesce. Regolamentazione dei prezzi a Bologna (secc. XIII-XV). In I prezzi delle cose nell’età preindustriale/ The prices of things in Pre-Industrial Times. Selezione di ricerche/Selection of essays. Firenze: Firenze University Press: 35-56. 
  • Pucci Donati, F. (2016). Alcune lettere inedite relative ai rapporti diplomatici fra Carlo VIII e Bologna negli anni 1494-1496. Laboratoire italien, 18: 1-7. 
  • Pucci Donati, F., Rinaldi, R. (2015). Il commercio al dettaglio a Bologna fra Due e Trecento. La piazza, l’osteria, la bottega. In Il commercio al minuto. Domanda e offerta tra economia formale e informale secc. XI-XVIII/Retail trade. Supply and demand in the formal and informal economy from the 13th to the 18th century. Firenze: Firenze University Press: 241-257.
  • Pucci Donati, F.(2012). Frammenti di cultura alimentare nella tradizione proverbiale italiana dei secoli XIII-XV. Studi Medievali, 3a/LIII(I): 1-82.

Grants

February 2018: one month of « Chercheur invité » at the University François Rabelais of Tours.