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Recent PhD Recipients

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Peter W. Sposato

PhD Candidate, ABD
Adviser: Richard Kaeuper

Major Fields: Atlantic World, Early Modern Europe
Minor Fields: Medieval

peter.w.sposato@rochester.edu


Field

European History

Research Interests

Medieval Italy, Medieval England, nobility and court culture in Elizabethan England, chivalry and violence, anthropological and historical conceptions of honor, military history, social and cultural history of warfare, prosopography

Dissertation

Chivalry and Knightly Violence: The Conduct and Perception of Warfare in Communal Italy, 1248-1409 (tentative)

Selected Publications

  • Selected presentation: "'More Brave Than Wise': Martial bravery and prudence in the depictions of knights and mercenary captains during the Florentine war with Visconti Milan (1390-1392)" 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May, 2011)
  • Selected presentation: "Navigating the 'All-drowning sea of Tudor Sovereignty': the Earl of Essex's honor and the Naval War with Habsburg Spain," 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May, 2010)
  • "The Perception of Anglo-Norman 'modernity' and the Conquest of Ireland," in Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, vol. 40 (September 2009)
  • "A Local Feud in the midst of National Conflict: The Swynnerton-Staffords of Sandon Feud, Staffordshire 1304-34," in Staffordshire Studies, vol. 19 (Spring 2010)
  • "Hugh de Grandmesnil, Norman magnate and Domesday landholder" in International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages-Online (IEMA). Ed. Patrick Geary. Brepols Publishers. (April 2007)
  • "Robert I de Grandmesnil, an 11th century Norman magnate" in International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages-Online (IEMA). Ed. Patrick Geary. Brepols Publishers. (April 2007)
  • "Robert II de Grandmesnil, Abbot of Saint-Evroult and Sant' Eufemia" in International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages-Online (IEMA). Ed. Patrick Geary. Brepols Publishers. (April 2007) "Primus Inter Pares: Bohemund, Prince of Antioch and Taranto" in International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages-Online (IEMA). Ed. Patrick Geary. Brepols Publishers. (December 2006)
  • Selected book review: Alessandra Petrina, Machiavelli in the British Isles: Two Early Modern Translations of The Prince (Ashgate, 2009), reviewed for The Sixteenth Century Journal (December 2010)
  • Selected book review: Iain Soden, Ranulf de Blondeville: The First English Hero (Amberley Publishing, 2009), reviewed for De Re Militari (August 2010)
  • Selected book review: David Childs, Tudor Sea Power: The Foundation of Greatness (Seaforth Publishing, 2009), reviewed for De Re Militari (August 2010)
  • Selected book review: Christopher Gravett, Knight: Noble Warrior of England 1200-1600 (Osprey, 2010), reviewed for De Re Militari (May 2010)
  • Selected book review: Thomas F. Madden, Fourth Crusade: Event, Aftermath, and Perceptions. Papers from the Sixth Conference of the Socieity for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East, Istanbul, Turkey, 25-29 August 2004 (Ashgate, 2008), reviewed with C. Nakashian and P. Dingman for De Re Militari (Spring 2010)
  • Selected book review: Stephen Cooper, Sir John Hawkwood: Chivalry and the Art of War (Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2008), reviewed for De Re Militari (July 2009)

Teaching

  • HIS 306.3- Early Modern Europe: "Renaissances" & "Reformations", Winter 2010-11, Adjunct Instructor, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • HIS 302.1- Modern Europe: War, Religion and Revolution, Spring 2010, Adjunct Instructor, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • HIS 306.1- The Art of War in European History: Imperial Rome to the Renaissance, Spring 2010, Adjunct Instructor, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • HIS 306.2- Pirates, Privateers, & Imp. Politics: The Atlantic World in the Age of Sail, Spring 2010, Adjunct Instructor, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • HIS 235- War, Conquest & Crusade: The Normans in England, Sicily, & Antioch, Summer 2009, Instructor, University of Rochester
  • HIS 239- Knights and Chivalry: Arthurian Romance and Chivalric Literature, Summer 2009, Instructor, University of Rochester
  • FWS 121- Knightly Heroes of French Epic, Fall 2010, Instructor, Freshman Writing Seminar, Eastman School of Music
  • FWS 121- Knightly Heroes of Medieval Literature, Fall 2009, Instructor, Freshman Writing Seminar, Eastman School of Music
  • WRT 105- Chivalric Society in Medieval Europe, Spring 2009, Instructor, College Writing Program, University of Rochester
  • WRT 105- Violence and Conquest in the High Middle Ages, Fall 2008, Instructor, College Writing Program, University of Rochester