Dr María Ángeles Martín Romera

María Ángeles Martín Romera is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow and works on the social history and the political culture of the later Middle Ages in Mediterranean Europe. Before joining UCL she completed her PhD at University Complutense of Madrid (2012) and was a postdoctoral researcher at Ludwig Maximilians-University Munich (2013-2018).

Her research interests lie in the anthropological approach to the different ties that bind society together and the daily practice of power in the interactions between authorities and local communities. She has published on late medieval oligarchies, patronage, kinship, women’s agency, social networks and Iberian judicial and royal institutions with a long-durée perspective from the late medieval to the early modern period.

Her Marie Skłodowska-Curie project focuses on the empowerment of local late-medieval communities through their interaction with officers with a transnational perspective that includes Iberia, Southern France and Northern Italy.

She is also at the final stage of drafting a second book about the control of the population over royal governors in the Spanish Monarchy and preparing a collective volume entitled The Officer and the People: Accountability and Authority in Premodern Europe, co-edited with Hannes Ziegler.

Major publications

  • Redes de poder. Las relaciones sociales de la oligarquía de Valladolid a finales de la Edad Media (1450-1520). Madrid: CSIC (2019).
  • (& BRENDECKE, A.) (coords.), Journal Special Issue: “El oficio como Habitus en la Monarquía Hispánica: del ideal al ejercicio del cargo (s. XV-XVIII)”. Studia Historica Historia Moderna, 39-1 (2017).
  • “Embodying Royal Justice in Early Modern Spain: demeanour and habitus in the Instruction for the Office of Judge” in JANCRIFT, K., KAISER, C., KAGERER, A. and MARTÍN ROMERA, M. Á. (eds.), Natur und Herrschaft. Analysen zur Physik der Macht. Oldenbourg: De Gruyter, 2016: 251-274.
  •  “"Como sy fuesen vuestros vasallos": el papel de las relaciones informales de la oligarquía en el sometimiento del territorio”. Edad Media. Revista de Historia, 15 (2014): 153-172.

Grants and projects

  • 2018-2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie action. Individual Fellowship. University College London.
  • 2017 Fritz Thyssen Foundation Grant (for funding the conference Shaping the Officer: Communities and Practices of Accountability in Pre-Modern Europe, German Historical Institute, London, 8-10 November 2017).
  • 2017 Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London (February-June 2017).
  • 2013-2018 Postdoctoral researcher in the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Project “Natur in politischen Ordnungsentwürfen“, at Ludwig Maximilians-University Munich.
  • 2008-2012 Pre-doctoral Fellowship at Universidad Complutense of Madrid funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science. 
  • 2010 Visiting Fellow at Università degli Studi di Firenze (June-September 2010).
  • 2009 Visiting Fellow at University of Chicago (August-December 2009).