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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 Christopher Page

Research into the performance of music with special reference to the Middle Ages and to the cultivation of plucked stringed instruments in Western Europe between the sixteenth century and the nineteenth

Professor Colin Morris

The ecclesiastical and social history of the Middle Ages and in the crusades; the influence of the Holy Sepulchre on the culture of Western Europe.

Professor Agostino Paravicini Bagliani

The history of Papacy in the Middle Ages (11-15 c.): with particular attention on cultural anthropology, self-representation, symbolism, rituality and prolongation of life