Diego Palombi

Department of History

Research student


Thesis title: Gender, perception and knowledge in the Old French and Latin Seven Sages of Rome.




Thesis abstract:

My research brings together philology, manuscript studies and gender theory in a study of the neglected Old French Sept Sages, a frame-story in which a series of tales is told by the eponymous Sages to demonstrate the wickedness of women.

Drawing on the understanding that gender is not biologically determined but is the product of a discourse performed by a given society, this project focuses upon storytelling as a key element of that performance.

It explores the mechanisms and narrative techniques by which gendered discourse is constructed and performed across the eight redactions, providing new approaches to reading the text.

  • PhD History, University of Sheffield, 2018 - present
  • MA Filologia Moderna - Università degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, 2017
  • BA (Hons) Lettere Moderne - Università degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, 2014


Publications and conferences

Conference and seminar papers:

  • "Text and Context. The K redaction of the Roman des Sept Sages and its manuscript" – Paper given at the Congreso Internacional "O Camiño do Medievalista: Et Ultreia" held in Santiago de Compostela 24th-26th April 2019