I am a historian of late medieval Europe and the Mediterranean, specialising in the monetary history of the Italian peninsula between 1200 and 1500. Having trained as an archivist at the State Archives of Milan, I completed a PhD in Economic and Social History at the University of Manchester. Prior to joining the University of Parma as part of the 'Next Generation EU' scheme, I was awarded research fellowships by the Italian Institute for Historical Studies at Naples, the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, and the Leverhulme Trust (Early Career Fellow at Queen Mary University of London).
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Settore scientifico disciplinareSTORIA ECONOMICA (SECS-P/12)
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My research treats money and its most direct manifestation, coinage, as a product of human activity, thus challenging a conceptualisation of money as a medium detached from the people and institutions that used it. By combining material evidence (2019) with a wide range of written sources – from public and fiscal records, to notarial registers, chronicles, and private correspondence – my articles and book chapters have explored the complexities of money’s interlinked economic (2017), cultural (2016, 2020), and political (2018) meanings. My forthcoming monograph, The Florin of Florence. The Politics and Culture of Money in the Middle Ages, will offer a significant revision of the existing consensus around the most used late medieval currency, the Florentine gold florin, showing that it was not employed exclusively for long-distance trade, but that it simultaneously penetrated networks of power between the Florentine merchants, the Angevin Crown, and the Papacy, thus becoming a political agent of change in its own right, one that enabled military victories and in turn enhanced the status of the money operators. This work will also enrich current interpretations of the Commercial Revolution (1000-1300) by presenting it as an historical process with strong political and social dimensions, thus providing a framework for the integrated study of material culture and economic practices. I am co-editor of the series The Italian Coins in the British Museum, and I coordinate or collaborate on various projects with Princeton University, The British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, and the University of Milan.
Year: 2023Author/s: Locatelli Stefano
Recensione di MARIA CECILIA D’ERCOLE, MARINA ROMANI (a cura di), Moneta. Storia non lineare di un oggetto istituzionale, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2019, 272 p.Year: 2022Author/s: Locatelli Stefano
Gli strumenti del potere: per un’analisi della decima universale di papa Gregorio X nel Regno di Sicilia 1274-1280Year: 2021Author/s: Locatelli Stefano
Year: 2020Author/s: Locatelli Stefano, Travaini Lucia
Year: 2020Author/s: Cook Barrie, Locatelli Stefano, Sarcinelli Giuseppe, Travaini Lucia