Professor David L. d'Avray FBA

Social Theory; Early Modern History; Religious Studies; Medieval History - Medieval Studies

Elected 2005

Portrait of David d'Avray smiling

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

University College London Emeritus Professor of History

Past appointments

University College London Professor of History

University College London Lecturer, Reader, Professor

What is medieval studies?

2 Jun 2020 Professor David L. d'Avray FBA

Professor David d'Avray FBA explains how many taken-for-granted aspects of contemporary life can be traced back to the Middle Ages.

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