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Dr Andrew Vidali



MA (Venice), PhD (Trieste)

Andrew is a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Department of History. He works primarily on the interrelationships between criminal justice, violence, banditry, and the law in early modern northern Italy. Other research interests include the political, legal, social, and religious history of the Republic of Venice and its mainland and maritime empire.

His Marie Skłodowska-Curie research project investigates the history of violence in the early modern Republic of Venice. He is also currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant as the Discussion Group Leader in the 'A Global Reformation?' module.

He has also been a Teaching Assistant in Early Modern History at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Department of Humanities and Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies) and a Visiting Junior Fellow at Karl-Franzens University of Graz (Field of Excellence ‘Dimensions of Europeanization’, Centre for South-East European Studies).



Andrew’s doctoral dissertation expanded on his MA thesis and examined the interplay between the developments of the Venetian criminal justice system and how feuds and enmities among Venetian noble houses were born, managed by the courts, and settled in the 16th century.

His postdoctoral research project at the University of Graz focused on proto-extradition agreements negotiated in late medieval and early modern Italy, with an emphasis on the Mantua and Modena-Ferrara dukedoms, to fight border banditry.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie research project (ViolenControl. Violence and its Control in early modern Venice, 1500-1797) examines the history of violence in the Republic of Venice from a quantitative and qualitative point of view. The main objectives are establishing a database that will allow to determine the homicide rates in some of the most important cities of the Most Serene Republic (Verona, Padua, and Venice) and reconnecting the fluctuations in lethal violence to political, social, cultural, and environmental events. The project also investigates the relationships between violence and space, gender, minorities; how effective was the law in circumscribing violence; and how much factionalism and local politics affected homicide rates.

Andrew’s publications also include an article in the Journal of Early Modern History on the political and social aspects of godparenthood in 16th and early 17th century Venice, with a focus on patrician society.

Contact details

Dr Andrew Vidali
Marie Curie Research Fellow
Vanbrugh College
University of York
YO10 5DD

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Autumn term 2022


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