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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

  • Emeritus Professor of History, University College London

Past Appointments

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


Papal Jurisprudence c. 400. Sources of the Canon Law Tradition

2019 Cambridge University Press

Papacy, Monarchy and Marriage

2015 Cambridge University Press

Dissolving Royal Marriages, 860-1600


Medieval Religious Rationalities: A Weberian Analysis


Rationalities in History. A Weberian Essay in Comparison


Medieval Marriage. Symbolism and Society


Medieval Marriage Sermons


Death and the Prince


The Preaching of the Friars


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Dr Peter Linehan

History Southern Europe Spain and Portugal Medieval History - History Medieval Studies