Professor David Crouch

Professor of Medieval History

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

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David Crouch has been publishing on medieval society since his doctorate in 1983, published by Cambridge University Press as The Beaumont Twins (1986).

He is particularly well-known for his work on medieval aristocracy in England and France, though he has published more widely, notably on the history of his native Wales, and on subjects as diverse as medieval wetlands, death culture and literacy.



Research Interests

  • Medieval social structure
  • The tournament mentality
  • French and British aristocracy in the period 1000-1300
  • British political history in the 12th and 13th centuries


Crouch D, William Marshal: Knighthood, War and Chivalry, 1147-1219 (3rd edn, London, 2016). ISBN : 9781138939325

Crouch D, The Acts and Letters of the Marshal Family: Marshals of England and Earls of Pembroke, 1145-1248 (Camden Society, Fifth series, 47, 2015). ISBN : 9781107130036

Crouch D, The English Aristocracy, 1070-1272: A Social Transformation (Yale UP, 2011) ISBN : 9780300114553

Crouch D, The Birth of Nobility: Constructing Aristocracy in England and France, 900-1300 (Longman, 2005)

Crouch D, Tournament (Continuum, 2005)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • King John and the Reinvention of England
  • Dying and Death: from Rome to the Renaissance

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Wales)
  • PhD (Wales)

Awards and accolades

  • Leverhulme Major Grant, 1986-1989 (London IHR).
  • Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, 2013-15 (Hull).
  • Dilworth Fellowship, 2015 (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA)
  • Fellow of the British Academy, 2014