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UK Fellow, Medieval Studies, elected in 2005

Professor David d'Avray FBA

Social Theory Early Modern History Religious Studies Medieval History - Medieval Studies
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About this Fellow

Lecturer, Reader and Professor in UCL History Department, teaching whose students has increasingly stimulated research and publication. Early work was on medieval preaching as mass communication, and as evidence for attitudes to monarchy, death, and marriage; the practical influence of symbolism on the social and legal history of medieval marriage was the next theme; after that, different kinds of rationality in history, both comparatively and with reference to the Middle Ages; the most recent published research has been on the royal marriages and papal law. Current research aims to apply sociological concepts to understanding papal Christianity between Antiquity and the Enlightenment.



Current post

  • Professor of History, University College London

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer, Reader, Professor, University College London, 1977
  • Professor of History, University College London, University College London, 1970
  • Professor of History, University College London, University College London, 1970


Papacy, Monarchy and Marriage Cambridge, 2015


Death and the Prince 1994


The Preaching of the Friars 1985


Medieval Marriage Sermons 2001


Medieval Marriage. Symbolism and Society 2005


Medieval Religious Rationalities. A Weberian Analysis 2010


Rationalities in History. A Weberian Essay in Comparison 2010


Dissolving Royal Marriages, 860-1600 2014


Other Medieval Studies Fellows

Professor Bruce Campbell

The economic history of late-medieval Britain and Ireland, with particular reference to human-environment interactions during the 14th century and trends in agricultural output and productivity from the 13th to 19th centuries

Dr Jean Dunbabin

French history from 1000 - 1350; the French in the kingdom of Sicily, 1266-1309; the political ideas of Godfrey of Viterbo; the sires de Beaujeu, 950-1350

Professor Sylvia Huot

Medieval French literature & manuscripts, particularly the 'Roman de la Rose', courtly allegory & prose romance.