David D'Avray has been a lecturer, reader, and is now professor of History at UCL. Before coming to the university, he took a BA at Cambridge, completed a DPhil at Oxford, and spent time as a postdoctoral researcher in Munich. He is a medievalist who has studied medieval preaching and mass communications, attitudes to death and kingship in memorial sermons, marriage and symbolism, medieval religious rationalities and the general sociology of rationality, and a triangle of themes: papacy, monarchy, and marriage. He is currently working on the first papal laws, their social origins and their medieval reception.
David is not presently taking on new PhD students.
Recently completed: Alejandra Concha Sahli, 'The meaning of the habit: religious orders, dress and identity, 1215-1650' (2017); Alison Ray, 'The pecia system and its use in the cultural milieu of Paris c.1250 to 1330' (2016); Emily Corran, 'Lying and Perjury in Medieval Practical Thought' (2015); Ruben Angelici, 'Digita Dei: Sacramentality and theory of signification in the theology of Hugh of St Victor' (Cambridge PhD, 2015).
- Medieval Marriage, Symbolism and Society (Oxford University Press, 2005)
- Medieval Religious Rationalities (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
- Rationalities in History (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
- Papacy, Monarchy and Marriage (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
For a full list of publications, see David's IRIS profile.
David was the director of the AHRB-funded English Monastic Archives project (2000-2006), which worked to reconstruct the archives of English monasteries and research the origins of record-keeping in England. Although the project has now been completed, the database is still accessible online.
- Social Systems in Religious History from Constantine to Napoleon (first- and second-year undergraduate survey course)
- Concepts and Categories (core course for first-year undergraduates)
- Medieval Manuscripts and Documents (Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA course)
- Weber for Historians (MA History elective course)