18 January 2021 (17:oo-UK/18:00-CET)


To kick off our digital series, our first seminar features Rocío Martínez López from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid/JdC-Formación. She will present her research on “Or marriage or nothing? A comparative study on unmarried royal women in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe”. Dr Lopéz will present part of a work of progress that studies royal female bachelorhood on the premise that, if royal marriages were profoundly linked to dynasty strategies, international diplomacy and political needs, the decision of leaving a princess unmarried was also closely related to these circumstances, and it was a possibility contemplated, considered and, a lot of times, chosen, if the political, dynastical or practical reflections of a given monarch considered it as the most practical option.



Dr Silvia Mitchell

Seminar Timetable: 

17:00 - 17:15: Introduction (Chair)

17:15 - 18:00: Presentation

18:00 - 18:15: Q&A

About Presenter: 

ROCÍO MARTÍNEZ LÓPEZ is a postdoctoral fellow at the Autonoma University of Madrid. She recently obtained her Ph. D. at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia with a dissertation focused on Charles II of Spain’s problem of succession and the international relationships between the Spanish Monarchy and the Empire in the second half of the seventeenth century. She obtained the qualification of outstanding magna cum laude and was awarded the extraordinary prize of doctorate for it in 2020. She was awarded a grant to complete her doctorate by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of the Spanish Government under the supervision of Luis Antonio Ribot García and participated in the research project titled “Conservation of the Spanish Monarchy and European balance between the 17th and 18th centuries”.


During her doctorate, she has realized research stays at the Institut für Geschichte of Vienna University, at Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich and the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library of Yale University. Afterwards, she was a professor-tutor at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) during the years 2018 and 2019. Also, she obtained the I.A.A. Thompson Research Grant in 2018 to conduct a research in the British Library and The National Archives of Kew, in London. In 2019, she was also granted an Ernst Mach Grant by the OeAD and the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy of Austria, to enjoy a research stay in Vienna at Vienna University under the tutorship of doctor Friedrich Edelmayer.


She has been awarded the Best Article / Book Chapter written by an Early Career Researcher Prize given by the Christ Church Canterbury University and the Royal Studies Journal. She has published several articles and book chapters both in Spanish and in English, like her work titled “The infanta will marry the person who provides the peace or the one who gives us the means to continue war”. The negotiations for the marriage of the infanta María Teresa of Austria and emperor Leopold I”, published in the aforementioned Royal Studies Journal, and the book chapter titled “Consequences of the dynastic crises of the seventeenth century in the matrimonial market and their influence in the European international policy. The case of Maria Anna of Neuburg”, as a part of the book Gender and Diplomacy: Women and Men in European and Ottoman Embassies for the 15th to the 18th centuries, which will be published by Hollitzer in 2020