Oxford University Press publishes first full-length study in English of Amalfi.

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P Skinner book coverProfessor Patricia Skinner’s new monograph, Medieval Amalfi and its Diaspora, 800-1250, has just been published by Oxford University Press. The first full-length study in English of Amalfi, the book explores its reputation as one of the four Italian Maritime Republics (the others being Venice, Genoa and Pisa) through a detailed study of its people, both at home and further afield throughout the Mediterranean. The book is based on Amalfi’s extensive documentary archives and on the numerous narrative sources that described the city as ‘rich in gold and cloths’. The Amalfitans gained a specific reputation for dealing in luxury goods, and it seems they exploited this to maintain the city’s image long after it had lost ground to its commercial rivals.

Patricia Skinner is Research Professor in Arts and Humanities and Wellcome Research Fellow in the History of Medicine at Swansea University.