Valentina Caldari will complete her European-funded doctorate at the University of Kent and the Universidade do Porto in August 2015, under the supervision of Professor Kenneth Fincham and Professor Fátima Vieira, respectively. In her thesis she investigates the failure of the negotiations for an Anglo-Spanish match between Prince Charles and the Spanish Infanta with a particular focus on the extent to which the rivalry among the major European empire-builders of the early seventeenth century influenced the marriage project in the period 1617-1624. Before completing an MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent, she obtained an MA in History and Society from the Università di Roma Tre.
Valentina is interested in the political and diplomatic history of the early modern period and in global connectedness. She is a member of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, the Renaissance Society of America, the Sixteenth Century Society, and Postgraduate Member of the Royal Historical Society. She has co-organised three international conferences: Early Stuart Politics (with Dr Sara Wolfson) held in Canterbury in April 2014; The Black Legend – then and now (with Dr Elizabeth Evenden) held at the Institute of Historical Research in London in September 2014; and Anglo-Iberian Relations, 1500-1850 (with Dr Evenden) held in Mértola in April 2015.
Since 2013, Valentina is a Collaborator at the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS) at the Universidade do Porto and an Assistant Lecturer at Kent where she teaches Early Modern History. In 2014-2015 she was also an Assistant Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. In March and April 2014 she was working part-time at the British Library on the Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (ISTC) and the Database of Bookbindings.
In 2015-2017, Valentina will be Departmental Lecturer in Early Modern History at Balliol College, University of Oxford.
Academia profile: https://kent.academia.edu/ValentinaCaldari
Recent publications include:
Caldari, Valentina and Sara J. Wolfson, eds. Diplomacy and Marriage: Early Stuart Dynastic Politics in their European Context, 1604-1630. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming 2016.
González, Rubén and Valentina Caldari, eds. “The Secret Mechanisms of Courts: Factions in Early Modern Europe.” Revista Libros de la Corte, Monográfico 2, special issue (2015).
Chapters in books:
Caldari, Valentina. “Trade and Piracy in the marriage treaties of the 1620s.” Queenship, Colonization, Piracy, and Trade during the Early Modern Period (1500-1800). Estelle Paranque and Nate Probasco, eds. Volume under negotiations with Palgrave Macmillan.
Caldari, Valentina. “The Dissolution of the 1621 Parliament through Spanish Eyes.” Diplomacy and Marriage: Early Stuart Dynastic Politics in their European Context, 1604-1630. Valentina Caldari and Sara J. Wolfson, eds. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming 2016.
Caldari, Valentina. “‘There is no Frendship among princes but for their owne interests.’ The Spanish Faction at James I’s court, 1603-1625.” The Secret Mechanisms of Courts: Factions in Early Modern Europe. Rubén González Cuerva and Valentina Caldari, eds. Revista Libros de la Corte, Monográfico 2, special issue (2015):38-52.
Caldari, Valentina. “Estratégias matrimoniales y dialécticas de poder en la Italia española: el caso Pignatelli-Aragona Cortés (1639).” Historia Moderna: Tendencias y Proyecciones. María Luz Gonzalez Mezquita, ed. Mar del Plata, Argentina: Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, 2013. 351-60
Valentina has also written book reviews for Reviews in History, The Sixteenth Century Journal, The Journal of the Northern Renaissance, The Court Historian, and The Journal of Ecclesiastical History.