About Us

Laura Fernandez-Gonzalez
Principal Investigator and Curator of Iberia Triumphant:
the reconstruction of Lisbon on the triumphal entry of Philip II of Spain in 1581
PhD candidate Architecture. University of Edinburgh
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Laura´s current research investigates ideas of empire and imperialism in the architecture and urban planning of the Iberian Peninsula during the reign of Philip II, through a number of case studies. The line of research on the triumphal entry of Philip II into Lisbon in 1581 gained the initial funding for the current project Re-creating Early Modern Festivals, the major results of which are described in this website. Laura is the convenor of Recreating Renaissance and Baroque Spectacle: the Hispanic Habsburg Dynasty in Context International Conference and she is also directing a panel at the Society for Renaissance Studies of Great Britain conference 2010. She is the recipient of several scholarships and awards and is currently writing up her doctoral thesis. Once her immediate commitments finish, Laura aims to conduct research on Early Modern Triumphal Culture into Lisbon, focussed on the urban changes and visual display in triumphal entries. The investigation once finished will form the basis of a book-length publication entitled: ‘Lisbon Triumphant: the urban transformation of the city from Manuel I to the Pombaline reconstruction’, enabled by a Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, 2010-2011 Research Grant.

Dr. Stephen Bowd co-investigator
Senior Lecturer History, University of Edinburgh
Stephen’s main areas of research interest lie in the history of Italian (especially Venetian) religion, politics, and culture during the Renaissance. In particular, he has worked on aspects of eremitic and monastic life in Italy and has published a book on currents of religious reform in Venice. His second book, forthcoming with Harvard University Press in 2010, is a study of civic politics, religion, and culture in Venice’s important subject city Brescia. He is currently working with Dr Donald Cullington on a bilingual edition of humanist polemical texts about the murder of Simon of Trent, and his next major research project will consider humanist texts about Jews more generally. Stephen has received funding for his projects from the British Academy, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Carnegie Trust. His major input in the Recreating Early Modern Festivals Project is based on the re-creation of the triumphal arches erected on episcopal entries in Renaissance Brescia

Emily Peppers co-investigator
Organology, University of Edinburgh
Emily is a PhD candidate currently conducting research on the introduction of the viola da gamba into France in the sixteenth century – its introduction, development and establishment in French Renaissance culture. Triumphal entries provide a glimpse into the use of musical instruments in civic and private cultural events, but when entries written for different audiences (French, Spanish, Italian) are compared, they provide vastly different levels of detail - making the detailed inclusion of a musical event or musical instrument more of a reflection on the knowledge of the author or social connotations of the instrument than what actually occurred. She is the Learning and Access Officer at Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments (EUCHMI). In her free time Emily plays classical, folk and americana fiddle, and has recorded and toured across the UK. Her major input in the Recreating Early Modern Festivals Project is the re-creation of a musical piece performed during the entry of Henry II and Catherine Medici into Rouen in 1550.

Dr. Giovanna Guidicini co-investigator
Independent scholar
Giovanna’s research deals with the relationship between triumphal culture, architecture, and the city in Renaissance Scotland. In particular, she studies the development of triumphal culture in Scotland between 1503 and 1633, and how triumphal language inspired permanent architecture and the development of the city of Edinburgh. This research includes drawing maps reconstructing the triumphal routes through Edinburgh in the XVI and XVII centuries. At the moment, she is working on how the relationship between royal power and urban identity could be expressed through triumphal entries, particularly on the relationship between temporary and permanent architecture. Her major input in the Re-creating Early Modern Festivals Project is based on the reconstruction of the triumphal arches of Charles I's entry into Edinburgh in 1633. She is currently delivering a number of papers and talks internationally.

Other collaborators

Jessica Taylor (PhD candidate Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art (conference logistics)), Andrea Hyslop (Illustrations for Lisbon Triumphant exhibition), Nick Sharp and Harry Kirkham (Postgraduate students in Architecture, The University of Edinburgh (collaborating with the exhibition Lisbon Triumphant, 3D modelling and other illustrations).

Steering Committee

Prof. Fernando Checa Cremades, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Prof. Ronnie Mulryne, University of Warwick.
Prof. Margaret Shewring, University of Warwick.
Prof. Peter Davidson, University of Aberdeen.
Prof. Iain Fenlon, University of Cambridge.
Prof. Maria Ines Aliverti, University of Pisa.
Dr. Annemarie Jordan Gschwend, Independent Scholar.
Dr. Alexander Samsom, University College London.



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