Department of History

 

Faculty

Rita Costa-Gomes

Associate Professor of History

Ph.D. Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 1994


Office:   LA 4228
Phone:   410-704-2909
Fax:   410-704-5595
E-mail:   rcostagomes@towson.edu
Web site:   http://pages.towson.edu/rcostago

 




Rita Costa-Gomes joined the History Department in 2005. She earned her PhD in Medieval History at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal with a dissertation titled, "A Corte dos Reis Portugueses no final da Idade Média." Her research focuses on the history of Portugal, Iberia, the Mediterranean, and the Early Atlantic, 1000-1500 AD, particularly social, cultural, urban, and environmental history, the history of court societies, the history of landscapes, the history of the late medieval nobility, and the history of historiography. 

Dr. Costa-Gomes's curiosity about the Middles Ages was piqued as an undergaduate. As she recalls, "I was working as a research assistant for the Portuguese historian Joel Serrão on his new edition of the essays of the nineteenth-century author and medievalist Alexandre Herculano (1810-1877).. More than three decades later, my curiosity remains, and I keep trying to answer all my questions. I would like to provide to Towson students similar opportunities to cultivate their curiosity." Her motto is "sapiens ubicumque peregrinatur.”

Dr. Costa-Gomes published the first study of the royal court of Portugal in a book entitled The Making of a Court Society: Kings and Nobles in Late Medieval Portugal (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Two volumnes of her ongoing series about medieval frontier castles, A Ring of Castles, have now been published in English. She is currently writing a book-length study of the impact of royal itinerance in the emergence of political territories and in the landscapes of Iberia between the thirteenth and the sixteenth centuries.

Dr. Costa-Gomes has developed a webpage called “Medieval Baltimore” resulting from a collaborative writing project of Towson students that explores how the Middle Ages is visible and alive in the Baltimore metropolitan area in buildings, museum artifacts and the lives and work of people who devote themselves to the study and appreciation of all things medieval. Medieval Baltimore can be found at www.medievalbaltimore.net

Selected Publications

Recent Book Reviews

  • “Stéphane Péquignot, Au Nom du Roi. Pratique Diplomatique et Pouvoir durant le Règne de Jacques II d’Aragon (1291-1327), Madrid: Casa de Velázquez, 2009”, forthcoming in the American Historical Review
  • “María Narbona Cárceles, La Corte de Carlos III el Noble, rey de Navarra: espacio doméstico y escenario del poder, 1376-1415, Pamplona: Barañáin Navarra (EUNSA), 2006”, Francia-online, 2009-2.
  • (in collaboration with Olga Bettencourt) “Review article: Publications on the Portuguese Earthquake of 1755”, Bulletin of the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Study 33/2 (2008), 30-33.

Recent Lectures and Presentations

  • “The Spatial Turn and Un-archived Histories” at the Workshop “Un-archived Histories” organized by the History Department, Emory University, 2011.
  • “Cultural Exchanges between Africa and Iberia in the late 1400s”, at the Conference “Contact and Exchange in Medieval Europe”, St John’s College, Oxford, 2010.
  • “Alfarrobeira: The Death of the Tyrant?”, at the International Conference on “Death at Court”, Greifswald University (Germany), 2010.
  • “A Lost City in the Early Atlantic: Ribeira Grande (Cape Verde) before Drake’s Conquest” at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Ottawa (Canada) , 2010.

Awards and Honors

  • Research Grant FLAD/Biblioteca Nacional at the National Library of Portugal, Fall 2011
  • Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Fellow at the Newberry Library, Chicago, 2009.
  • Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Italy, 2002



 

 

Map

Emergencies
410-704-4444

University Police
410-704-2134

Closings & News
410-704-NEWS (6397)

Text Alerts
Sign up now