Dr Lidia L. Zanetti Domingues

BA, MSt, DPhil, FRHistS

School of History, Philosophy and Digital Humanities

Lecturer in Medieval History


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Dr Lidia L. Zanetti Domingues
School of History, Philosophy and Digital Humanities
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

I am a social historian of religion, focusing on how spirituality (especially Christian) had an impact on domains such as criminal justice, construction of gender roles, poor relief and ideas of citizenship in late medieval Europe (especially the period 1250-1350). My main focus so far has been on the intersection of spirituality and criminal justice, which was establishing itself as an autonomous area of law in the period.

I joined the University of Sheffield in September 2023 after a year as Assistant Professor (Universitair Docent) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Prior to that, I was Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Milan (2021-2022) and Past and Present Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of London (2019-2021).

I have held visiting fellowships at the Istituto Sangalli di Storia e Scienze Religiose of Florence and at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

  • DPhil, University of Oxford
  • MSt, University of Oxford
  • BA, Università degli Studi di Milano Statale
Research interests

My main research interest is the social history of religion in the late medieval Mediterranean, i.e., how spirituality (particularly Christian) has influenced the development of social domains such as law, economics, or gender relations. My current project explores changing popular opinion regarding judicial violence (i.e., torture, corporal punishments and executions), through an analysis of changes in secular and religious attitudes and emotional reactions towards it in the period ca. 1260-1360, using the Italian communes of Florence and Siena as the main case-studies.

My other interests include the history of emotions, women and gender, and Oriental Christian communities (particularly Armenian and Greek) in Western Europe.

  • 2022-2023: Grant Linea 4, Piano di Sostegno alla Ricerca, Università degli Studi di Milano  
  • 2021-2023: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship
Teaching interests

I welcome applications from postgraduate students with an interest in the history of the high and late Middle Ages, particularly projects focusing on Italy or on Western Mediterranean Europe (Provence, the Iberian peninsula) or adopting social, legal or gender approaches.

Teaching activities


  • HST202: Historians and History
  • HST120: History Workshop
  • HST31040: Making History Public
  • HST21015: Uses of History
Professional activities and memberships