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I am researching the motivations behind and justifications for chivalric violence in thirteenth and fourteenth century Naples. I am particularly interested in how Europe’s ruling elite built their identity around the violence used to protect and vindicate honor, a social commodity which served as a marker of distinction. Since this violence touched on every aspect of contemporary life, I also engage with perceptions of gender, the consumption of early Renaissance literature, conflict with kingship, the construction of communal memory, and the social impact of warfare. I am drawing on the HAB’s rich collection of medieval chronicles and chivalric biographies to get at these topics.