Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact: admin.imems@durham.ac.uk

Dr Francesca Pucci-Donati

Contact Dr Francesca Pucci-Donati


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



  • 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.


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