Campus: Guelph
Office: 1015 MacKinnon Extension

Areas of Research for Graduate Supervision

  • Late Medieval European history
  • European Overseas Expansion 1415-1750
  • Statecraft, royal court, medieval/early modern political culture, comparative history

Current Research

My previous research has looked into the development of the royal court in late-medieval Portugal and England and its impact on the economies of these two kingdoms. I am currently working on the issue of the emergence of national identity in the Iberian Peninsula in the late fifteenth century and its relation to the motif of the reconquista. This project examines changes in European political culture and issues relating to the apparent emergence of so-called ‘new monarchies’ in the early sixteenth century.

Selected Publications

  • “The Cost of Majesty: Financial Reform and the Development of the Royal Court at the Turn of the Sixteenth Century” Money Markets and Trade in Late Medieval Europe, ed. Ivana Elbl. Forthcoming
  • Book Review: Rita Costa Gomes, Making of A Court Society, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004) for the English Historical Review. Forthcoming in February 2005.
  • “O Fardo do Patricinio Real: O Caso do Conde de Tarouca, Mordomo Mor da Casa Real” in Actas de Alta Nobreza e a Fundação da Casa da India Lisbon : Centro do História Alem Mar, 2004. (forthcoming).
  • “Development of the Portuguese Royal Council in the Reign of D. Manuel I (1495-1521)” Portuguese Studies Review 12 (2004) forthcoming.
  • “Prestige, Ideology and Social Politics: The Place of the Portuguese Overseas Expansion in the Policies of D. Manuel (1495-1521)” Itinerario: Journal of the European Expansion 40 (2000): 21-45.