DAVID CROUCH'S research interests are focused on the social and political history of the period 1000-1300. He works particularly on the medieval aristocracy, looking at class formation, lineage, consumption and elite culture, as explored in The Birth of Nobility: Constructing Aristocracy in England and France, 1000-1300 (Longman, 2005). His bookTournament (Continuum, 2005) reconstructed and explained the lost medieval sport of the middle ages for the first time. He has written extensively on the history of the Norman and Angevin royal dynasties, and his 2000 study of the reign of King Stephen of England (1135-1154) is the definitive work on the subject. His latest book, The English Aristocracy, 1070-1272: A Social Transformation (Yale UP, 2011) is the first study to look at the subject in such a long perspective. It presents an entirely original view of medieval society unconstrained by feudal theories.
Professor Crouch also works on a variety of other enthusiasms. Amongst these are lay piety and death culture in the high middle ages. He has published on Welsh and English regional history in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries including such subjects as the charters of Leicester abbey, racial tensions in England, France and Normandy, medieval correspondence and the earliest charter of a Welsh king. He is most closely identified with the career and contemporary biography of Earl William Marshal of Pembroke (c.1146-1219), protector of England for the boy-king Henry III. His William Marshal: War, Knighthood, War and Chivalry (2nd edn, Longman, 2005) was the inspiration for Elizabeth Chadwick’s prize-winning novels on the earl.