Ralph Davis
English historian of the European Middle Ages
Ralph Davis
Ralph Henry Carless Davis, always known publicly as R. H. C. Davis, was a British historian specialising in the European Middle Ages. He was a leading exponent of strict documentary analysis and interpretation, was keenly interested in architecture and art in history, and was successful at communicating to the public and as a teacher.
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Bobcats' last state title came vs. Delta in 2001 - Laurel Leader Call
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The Bobcats would finally find the end zone when running back Ralph Davis capped a 52-yard drive with a 2-yard run. The conversion attempt failed, but JCJC led 9-3 with 1:07 left in the half. However, the Trojans would get a 44-yard field goal from
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Ruth M. Snow - Amarillo.com
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... Charles Henry Snow; two grandsons, William Shawn Snow and Jeremy Bryan Snow; a brother, Orville Everson; two sisters, Evelyn Schroepfer and Phyllis Davis; and four brothers-in-law, Jack Schroepfer, Ralph Davis, Wayne Morgan and Earl Sandquist
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Southern Maryland solar power gets boost from tax incentives - So Md News
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However, Ralph Davis of Waldorf, who recently installed a 10.8 kilowatt system on his roof, warned that one has to finish paying out the initial installation cost before the state will release its grant money. “We had to come up with the 50 grand up
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Walking After Midnight: The life of country icon Patsy Cline is celebrated in ... - The Free Lance-Star
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They're joined onstage by pianist Ralph Davis and a live band, The Folsom Prisoners of Northern Virginia. Hayden, a Fredericksburg native, said it's been a thrill to sing Cline's songs onstage. "I grew up listening to Patsy's music, so it was nice to
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Michigan man tied to Teton County lewd conduct case sentenced to life in prison - Teton Valley News
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"We knew there was a lot to it," Teton County Investigator Ralph Davis told the Teton Valley News earlier this year about the Beighley case. McQuade praised the work of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations agents Ted
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UMOJA festival unites cultures - Kingsport Times News
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“The festival will be 15 years old this year and the initial purpose was to bring all the different cultures and diverse ethnic groups that are in the region together,” said Ralph Davis, UMOJA chairman. When the festival began in 1978, it was held as
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Distinguished academic achieves one of the country's greatest academic honours - 24dash (press release)
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In former years Fellows have included Professor WG Hoskins (1969), Dr Joan Thirsk (1974) and Professor Alan Everitt (1989), all of English Local History; Professor Ralph Davis (1973) of Economic History; and Professor Graeme Barker (1999) of
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Rangers in North America 1928: Part Two - RangersMedia
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Pittsburgh Press columnist Ralph Davis described the clash on June 9 th as “one of the outstanding sport combinations of the world”. Davis told the all-stars to cherish the chance to play against Rangers' talented stars. Davis points out that the
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Only Yesterday - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
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Men's Club of Prince of Peace Church will hold the second annual wiener roast in the Ralph Davis yard on Pioneer Avenue, Tuesday evening at 8. Men will cook and serve for their wives and guests, with the women responsible only for the dessert
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Westbury LL Seniors Win 2nd Straight Colt Division Championship - Westbury Times
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Westbury, coached by Ralph Davis, Lou Mejica and Matt Alford, savored this win as it concluded a solid season with just one loss to this same Plainview team earlier in the season. Brian Waldhof led Westbury with a 5-0 record, sealing a spot on the
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Central District lot becomes work of art - The Seattle Times
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What about jazz pianists Overton Berry and Kenny Boas, or drummer Ralph Davis? They are talented musicians worth honoring, too, she said. Wright, who leads the Total Experience Gospel Choir, said many skilled black musicians never received the
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Unity, responsibility stressed at NAACP banquet - Rome News Tribune
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by Diane Wagner, staff writer Rome-Floyd County NAACP President Michael Lee (left) and Ralph Davis present Jackie Jenkins with the 2011 Phyllis Wright-Davis Community Service Award at the chapter's annual Freedom Fund Banquet
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Alamogordo police logs (6/11/11) - Alamogordo Daily News
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Ralph Davis, 65, of the 1700 block of Corte Allegre, pursuant to a welfare check at the residence, was issued a citation for alleged possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Davis is to appear in court as directed
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Man sentenced in cyclist death - Teton Valley News
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Sheriff's office investigator Ralph Davis responded to the scene and asked Hill to put the bike in the back of his truck and take it to the sheriff's office, while Davis went to the hospital to check on the victim. During that time, Hill was accused of
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Thomas A. “Bud” Davis - Marshalltown Times Republican
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... 4 step grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 11 step great grandchildren. Tom joins in eternal life his wife of 61 years, Virginia, and his siblings; Safrona Speas, Pearl Christiansen, Howard Davis, Ralph Davis, Ruby Dauplaise and Wayne Davis
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KCMO Makes Capital Projects Appointments - Kansas City infoZine
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Ralph Davis has been appointed engineering services manager for the Capital Projects Department. Davis, a registered engineer, has 23 years experience in the field of engineering and project management. He has been a manager and project manager on
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Exceptions won't save deputy's illegal entry into open garage, appeals court ... - WisBar
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April 29, 2011 – A police officer who entered Ralph Davis's open garage violated his Fourth Amendment rights, the District III Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently concluded. Ralph Davis filed a
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Remembering Norman Latker: The Passing of a Friend - IPWatchdog.com
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Norm, Howard Bremer, and Ralph Davis of Purdue set up a meeting with Senator Birch Bayh's office asking that the program be made the basis for a uniform government patent policy. This request led to the introduction of the Bayh-Dole Act. You can tell
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With Incessant Postings, a Pundit Stirs the Pot
NYTimes - about 14 years
BEING a law professor, author, husband, father, part-time record producer and space policy wonk would have been enough to keep most people busy. But Glenn Reynolds needed more. So in August 2001, he began a Weblog -- a rolling online commentary and collection of Internet links -- to fill up the few minutes that wiggled free in his hyperkinetic
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NYTimes - over 16 years
NEW YORK MANHATTAN: PEDESTRIAN KILLED An elderly woman died yesterday after being struck by a tractor-trailer on Amsterdam Avenue in Washington Heights, the authorities said. The police said the woman, a 74-year-old resident of West 164th Street, was crossing Amsterdam Avenue at West 161st Street at noon when she was hit. She was pronounced dead at
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ralph Henry Carless Davis
    TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Died in 1991.
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    Davis was taken seriously ill in early March 1991 as he was about to set off for Dorset to fulfil a speaking engagement.
    More Details Hide Details He was rushed to hospital but did not recover, dying on 12 March. A funeral service was held on 18 March and a memorial service in the chapel of Merton College followed on 1 June, at which an address was given by Prof. Rees Davies, FBA. He left a wife, Eleanor, and two sons.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Davis also published a work on warhorses in 1989, having worked on the project since before his retirement.
    More Details Hide Details A paper on the mediaeval warhorse had appeared in 1983 in F. M. L. Thompson (ed.), Horses in European Economic History: a preliminary canter. Another on the same topic was read at a Battle Conference in 1987 (From Alfred the Great to Stephen, pp. 63–78). A tribute was made to him on his 67th birthday in the form of a Festschrift, a compilation of articles edited by Henry Mayr-Harting and Robert I. Moore. There were 22 contributors, and it was subscribed by 122 friends. Davis had planned a volume of collected papers, From Alfred the Great to Stephen, but it remained incomplete on his death and had to be published with some omissions and errors. It includes his last word on an academic controversy over the role of Geoffrey de Mandeville in King Stephen's reign, on which a number of papers and counter-papers had been written.
  • 1985
    Through his wife Eleanor, he had come to know much about Ireland and especially Northern Ireland. She came from the Protestant plantation community of Ulster, originating largely in south-western Scotland. Presumably because of this knowledge, Davis was in 1985 induced by Sir David Wills into a project in historical education, to be financed by the Wills Trust, to encourage better understanding between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and presumably between Catholics and Protestants in the North.
    More Details Hide Details Davis recruited teachers, school inspectors and academics to serve on a committee to frame a curriculum of Irish history which would be acceptable to schools in both North and South. The committee oversaw the writing of the Questions in Irish History series of history books. The Teaching of History Trust has continued to work long afterwards, sponsored by Longman. The first volumes of the series are dedicated to Ralph Davis' memory. He was still actively working for peace in Northern Ireland when he died.
  • 1984
    Davis retired in 1984 and moved to North Oxford.
    More Details Hide Details He was elected Emeritus Fellow of Merton College. He kept active in his retirement despite a repair that had to be made to his aorta in 1987.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    He was much more active in the British Academy, being elected in 1975 and serving on the council from 1979 to 1982, and as chairman of Section 2 from 1986 to 1989.
    More Details Hide Details During the Birmingham years, Davis became a lecturer for Swan's Hellenic Tours. For Mr Swan and the Historical Association, he presided in 1981 over a tour of the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. The lists above are complete as regards books, although not as regards other media such as papers and pamphlets.
  • 1970
    In 1970 Davis became Professor of Mediaeval History at the University of Birmingham (UK), heading the History Department there in succession to H. A. Cronne.
    More Details Hide Details This gave him the opportunity to express his missionary-like belief in the study of history as an intellectual discipline. He applied a firm but friendly hand to the project of restoring the well-being of the department after the troubled 'interregnum' following Cronne's illness. The usual hospitality was extended by Davis and his wife, especially to newly appointed and junior members of staff. They continued for many years their habit of inviting students into their own home. Davis attached no great importance to formal syllabuses and course structures. He was much more interested in the contact between teacher and student, and brought in a system of fortnightly undergraduate essays which has persisted for a long time. There were fortnightly tutorials and weekly seminars, all supplemented by lectures. Postgraduate research was, surprisingly, not a high priority although he encouraged his younger colleagues in research, and pursued his own research with vigour and distinction.
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    Davis was an active member of the Historical Association from his early days at UCL. He edited History magazine for the Association from 1968 to 1978, and he was its president from 1979 to 1982.
    More Details Hide Details He was a very active president, visiting many branches and campaigning for the teaching of history in schools and universities and founding the History at the Universities Defence Group (HUDG). In 1981, he and Eleanor were guests at a party attended by Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate the Association's 75th year. He was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (from 1954), but was never as active for them as he had been for the HA. Nevertheless, he published work in both the Transactions and the Campden Series, served on the council (1964–1967) and was vice-president (1974–1977). He was also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (from 1948), but was never prominent in its administration.
  • 1966
    He was Sub-warden 1966–1968.
    More Details Hide Details It is said of him that "he was a man of great moral seriousness, and didn't always bother to hide his contempt for those he thought impelled by self-interest, cowardice or just mental laziness" (Barrow, page 391). He was never unreservedly an Oxford 'college man'. However, he was a keen cyclist, typical of an Oxford don.
  • 1957
    His A History of Medieval Europe: From Constantine to Saint Louis (see list of works below), which he had started while still at UCL, came out in 1957.
    More Details Hide Details It was part of a series designed for use in universities and better-equipped schools. It was still in print and has been a very successful textbook. Ten years later, Davis's King Stephen, 1135–1154 (see also below) appeared in print. In 1968 Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum, volume 3 came out – edited by H. A. Cronne and Davis (these brought together by Vivian Galbraith), a major work of scholarship on King Stephen's reign. This set of volumes had been conceived by Davis's father, who had also produced (with the help R. J. Whitwell and others) volume i in 1913 – but it had been subjected to a typical devastating review by J. H. Round. Davis variously published a number of points contradicting Round's views, suggesting a loyal son's rejoinder to the scholar who had wounded his father. Volume ii, a collaboration of Cronne and Charles Johnson, had come out in 1956. Volume iv came out later. Ralph Davis was the main editor for volumes iii and iv.
  • 1956
    In 1956 Merton College, Oxford elected Davis a fellow and tutor in modern history, with the support of Vivian Galbraith, and he held that post for 14 years.
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  • 1955
    In 1955, a paper of his advocating the Anglo-Saxon origin of soke and sokemen appeared in the Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (3rd series, 5).
    More Details Hide Details During the early years of their marriage, Davis and his wife were able to holiday in Greece, taking advantage of the fact that she had an uncle who lived near Athens. This allowed Davis to learn about mediaeval Greece at first hand by for example sojourning among the monasteries of Mount Athos travelling on a mule escorted by the Mount Athos policeman.
  • 1954
    Davis wrote a paper on the buildings of Balliol College, which was published in the Victoria County History of Oxfordshire in 1954.
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  • 1949
    They were married on 17 September 1949 and found a house in a quiet part of Highgate.
    More Details Hide Details Davis booked Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park for a weekend just before the start of the academic year so that history freshers and other students and staff could get to know one another. This started a tradition that is still maintained. During the UCL years, his two sons were born: Christopher (1952) and Timothy (1955).
  • 1948
    In 1948 Davis accepted the offer from Sir John Neale (perhaps advised by Galbraith) of an assistant lectureship at University College London (UCL).
    More Details Hide Details Research now became an essential part of his work. He found a small flat in Pimlico and (characteristically) bicycled to work. Here he met and fell in love with Eleanor Megaw, who had been an officer in the WRNS and was now, since 1946, a tutor to women students at UCL. She came from Northern Ireland, and had a Unionist and a Home Ruler as grandfathers.
  • 1947
    From 1947 to 1948 Davis was an assistant history master at Christ's Hospital, Horsham, as a junior colleague of David Roberts.
    More Details Hide Details Perhaps the lowly nature of this post was an expression of prejudice against conscientious objectors. Anyway, during that year he learnt that he was a born teacher, even a quintessential schoolmaster.
  • 1945
    Davis re-entered Balliol College in 1945 and achieved a first class degree in Modern History, followed in 1947 by the MA allowed him by his seniority and war service.
    More Details Hide Details He started to organise social events such as a tour of Blenheim Palace conducted by John Betjeman.
  • 1944
    By 1944, his FAU unit had reached France, and he participated in the liberation of that country.
    More Details Hide Details He came home for demobilisation with the Croix de Guerre (oddly for a pacifist!) for his contribution to the Free French war effort.
  • 1941
    He was sent in March 1941 to Egypt via the Cape of Good Hope to reinforce the FAU detachment in Greece, but this had been captured by the Nazis before he could join, so his unit was sent to Syria to work at the Hadfield-Spears Mobile Hospital, an Anglo-French entity attached to the Free French Forces.
    More Details Hide Details A stay of a month in Cairo allowed Davis to view the city's mosques (with Michael Rowntree) and produce a book on the subject (see list of works below). As the mobile hospital moved through Syria and Lebanon and then along the desert to Tunisia, and eventually to Italy and southern France, Davis visited (and wrote up in his copious notebooks) such places as Baalbek, Byblos, Damascus, Krak des Chevaliers, Beaufort, Leptis Magna and El Djem. He ran the hospital laundry.
  • 1940
    Davis served in London in the 'Blitz' winter of 1940–1941.
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  • 1939
    In 1939, at the outbreak of World War II, as a conscientious objector, Davis refused military service.
    More Details Hide Details He must have known what Nazi Germany was like because he (and friend Ken Bowen) had just come back from a Quaker-organised hitch-hiking holiday in the Rhine valley, involving renovation and landscaping work with a joint British-German team of students. (The Society of Friends, the 'Quakers', is a pacifist church.) Having been registered as a CO by a tribunal, he joined the Friends' Ambulance Unit and was sent to Finland. This unit operated on the Karelian front of the Winter War and in the Norwegian campaign. They escaped the Nazis via Sweden and Iceland.
  • 1938
    Also in this period he became interested in masons' marks and visited many Berkshire and Oxfordshire churches; this led to a paper in the Oxfordshire Archaeological Society's journal for 1938, and culminated in 1954 in the publication of his catalogue of masons' marks (see list of works below).
    More Details Hide Details Professor Vivian Galbraith was an important influence during these years. He felt indebted to H. W. C. Davis since his undergraduate days, and was a close friend of the Davis family. Davis's first substantial scholarly work, his edition of The Kalendar of Abbot Samson (see list of works below), was suggested to him by Galbraith. Davis' tutor at Balliol was Richard Southern, a newly elected fellow, who described him as 'an absolutely steady and reliable performer'. Denys Hay, who did some teaching at Balliol, remembered an industrious but not very exciting student. Davis won the Kington Oliphant (historical) prize with the essay on mason's marks mentioned above.
  • 1937
    Davis entered Balliol College, Oxford in 1937, preceded by both his brothers.
    More Details Hide Details As an undergraduate he arranged a one-month visit to northern Italy, taking in Milan, Venice, Ravenna and Florence.
  • 1932
    He was there from 1932 to 1937, and became involved in mediaeval architecture.
    More Details Hide Details Davis, as secretary of the small archaeology group and effectively its leader, organised bicycle trips round the Yorkshire abbeys in the school holidays with about six others. Davis never joined the Quakers, but he is thought to have absorbed his Christian convictions and liberal humanitarian ideals at Leighton Park. He later went served as a governor of the school for many years.
  • 1925
    His father, who was Regius Professor of Modern History (Oxford) and from 1925 a fellow of the British Academy, died in 1928 when Davis was not yet 10 years old.
    More Details Hide Details Earlier generations of the Davis family were involved in the Cotswold cloth industry at Stroud, Gloucestershire. The Lindup grandparents came from Worthing, Sussex, but in Davis's younger childhood owned a country house at Bampton, Oxfordshire which he and his brothers liked to visit. Davis, like his older brothers, went to the Dragon School, and later, during World War II, contributed newsletters from Egypt and Syria to The Draconian, the school magazine. The sudden death of his father placed financial constraints on the family, and it may have been this, or a suggestion of Gerald Haynes ('Tortoise'), a Dragon schoolmaster, which led Mrs. Davis to choose Leighton Park for Davis's secondary education.
  • 1918
    Ralph (to rhyme with 'safe') Davis was born on 7 October 1918 at 11 Fyfield Road, Oxford.
    More Details Hide Details He was the youngest of three sons of Henry William Carless Davis, CBE and Rosa Jennie Davis, daughter of Walter Lindup of Bampton Grange in West Oxfordshire.
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