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Tucker Million

Track: PhD, 2021
Adviser: Thomas Devaney

Major Fields: Medieval Chivalry; the Mediterranean World
Minor Fields: Antiquity; Medieval European Culture and Religion

jmillion@ur.rochester.edu


Field

European History

Research Interests

My research focuses on the chivalric elite in late medieval Italy, specifically the Angevin Kingdom of Naples. My current, article length project examines changing forms of lordship under Robert I of Anjou (r. 1309-43) and how the traditional chivalric elite reacted to their displacement by scholars and early humanists at his royal court. To glimpse the knightly mindset, elusive due to the seven centuries separating us from them, I turn to imaginative literature. Pairing these works with traditional historical sources, such as chronicles, I hope to present a better understanding of the chivalric elite in the later Middle Ages.

Education

MA, History, University of Rochester, 2017
BA (Honors), History, Indiana University Kokomo, 2016

Selected Publications

  • “Giovanni Boccaccio’s Understanding of Chivalry and Gender in the Regno (1335-1341)”, presented at the Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St Louis, Missouri, June 19-21, 2017.
  • “Resisting the New Solomon: Knightly Kingship and Lordship in the Teseida and Regia  Carmina of Fourteenth-Century Naples (1335-1341),” presented at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 11-14, 2017.
  • “From Sorrow to Anger among the Chivalric Elite of Late Medieval Florence,” presented at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 12-15, 2016.
  • “An Economy of Honor in Late Medieval Florence,” presented at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 13-17, 2015.
  • BookReview: Martin Aurell, The  Lettered  Knight, (Central European University Press, 2017), 468 pp, Journal  of  Medieval  Military  History (August 17, 2017).

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Coates Book Prize (2017), For the graduate student most fully demonstrating historical imagination and the capacity for research, University of Rochester. 
  • Susan B. Anthony Institute Research Grant (2017)
  • Research and Travel Funding, University of Rochester History Department (2017)