Skip Content
UK Fellow, Medieval Studies, elected in 2005

Professor David d'Avray FBA

Social Theory Early Modern History Religious Studies Medieval History - Medieval Studies
Professor David d'Avray FBA profile picture

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

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.