David Crouch (historian)

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For the politician by the same name, see David Crouch.

David Crouch (born Cardiff, 1953) is a Welsh historian, and Professor of Medieval History at the University of Hull. He graduated in history from the former University College, Cardiff, in 1975 and went on to complete a doctorate on the Anglo-Norman twin aristocrats, Waleran of Meulan and Robert of Leicester, subsequently published by Cambridge University Press.[1] He occupied research posts in the University of London until moving to a teaching position in North Riding College, later University College, Scarborough in 1990.[2] In 2000 he transferred to the Department of History in the University of Hull as professor of medieval history. He has occupied visiting professorships in Poitiers and Milwaukee.[3] From 2013 he holds a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship.[4] In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. [5]

Crouch's main focus is on the social and political history of the period from 1000 to 1300, primarily in England and France, though he has written major studies on the medieval history of South East Wales and the diocese of Llandaff.[6] In political history he has written influential biographies on King Stephen and William Marshal. He was a member of the academic team which edited and translated into English the contemporary medieval biography of Marshal[7] His books on the aristocracy of England and France in the High Middle Ages, have been characterised by his incorporation of English social history into the mainstream of continental scholarship.[8]


  • The Beaumont Twins: The Roots and Branches of Power in the Twelfth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1986. ISBN 0-521-30215-3. 
  • William Marshal: Court, Career and Chivalry in the Angevin Empire 1147-1219. Harlow: Longman. 1990. ISBN 0-582-03786-7.  2nd edition 2002.
  • The Image of Aristocracy in Britain, 1000-1300. London: Routledge. 1992. ISBN 0-415-01911-7. 
  • The Reign of King Stephen, 1135-1154. Harlow: Longman. 2000. ISBN 0-582-22658-9. 
  • The Normans: The History of a Dynasty. London: Hambledon and London. 2002. ISBN 1-85285-387-5. 
  • Tournament. London: Hambledon and London. 2005. ISBN 1-85285-460-X. 
  • The Birth of Nobility: Constructing Aristocracy in England and France: 900-1300. Harlow: Longman. 2005. ISBN 0-582-36981-9. 
  • The English Aristocracy, 1070-1272: A Social Transformation. New Haven, Conn. and London: Yale University Press. 2011. ISBN 978-0-300-11455-3. 
  • Lost Letters of Medieval Life: English Society, 1200-1250, edited with Martha Carlin. Philadelphia and London: Pennsylvania University Press. 2013. ISBN 978-0-8122-4459-5. 


  1. ^ Biographical material in, 'The Slow Death of Kingship in Glamorgan' Morgannwg: Transactions of the Glamorgan History Society, xxix (1985), 20
  2. ^ Biographical material in, The Image of Aristocracy in Britain, 1000-1300 (Routledge, 1992), p. iii
  3. ^ Biographical material in The Birth of Nobility: Constructing Aristocracy in England and France, 900-1300 (Longman, 2005), p. vi
  4. ^ "Crouch, David - History - University of Hull". University of Hull. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "British Academy announces 42 new fellows". Times Higher Education. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Llandaff Episcopal Acta, 1140-1287 (South Wales Record Society, no. 5, 1988); ‘The Transformation of Medieval Gwent’ in, Gwent County History ii, The Age of the Marcher Lords, c. 1075-1536, ed. R.A. Griffiths, A. Hopkins and R. Howell (Cardiff, 2009), 1-45.
  7. ^ History of William Marshal, edited with A. Holden and S. Gregory (3 vols, Anglo-Norman Text Society, Occasional Publications Series, 4-6, 2002-2007)
  8. ^ ‘The Pragmatic Origins of British Social History,’ in, Die Deutung der mittelalterlichen Gesellschaft in der Moderne, ed. N. Fryde, P. Monnet, O.G. Oexle and L. Zygner (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2006), 123-145

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