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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 Andy Orchard

The languages and literatures of Anglo-Saxon England; Medieval Latin; Old Norse-Icelandic; oral tradition

Professor André Vauchez

Western Medieval History; History of Christianity; Researches on the medieval conception of holiness and on the sacralization of space and time ; Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan history. Dissent and Orthodoxy in the West (X-XV centuries)