Professor David d'Avray

David d'Avray is a medievalist who has worked on medieval marriage, on preaching, on attitudes to kingship and death, and on rationalities. He is currently working on royal annulments and papal dispensations, instrumental ethics in the Middle Ages, and ‘longue durée’ structures of papal history, from the 4th century decretal legislation Congregatio Concilii after Trent. His new books Dissolving Royal Marriages: A Documentary History, 860-1600 and Papacy, Monarchy and Marriage, 860-1600 have just been published. 

Areas of Research Supervision: topics in medieval and counter-reformation religious, intellectual, social, and legal history.

Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

1977  DPhil  University of Oxford 
1973  BA  University of Cambridge 
Fellow of the British Academy 

Courses taught

HIST7013 History of Ethics
HIST2900 Luther and Trent
HIST2204 Social Systems in Religious History from Constantine to Napoleon
HIST3206/9206 Popes, Caliphs and Sacred Law, 385-850
MDVLGH10 The Medieval Papacy
MDVLGH15 Magna Carta
MDVLG004/005 Medieval Manuscripts and Documents

Major Publications

IRIS Researcher Profile 

Prof David D'Avray