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Inaugural lecture: Vive la difference? England and France in the thirteenth century

Daniel Power, Professor of Medieval History at Swansea University, will give his inaugural professorial lecture, "Vive la difference? England and France in the thirteenth century", on Monday 26th April 2010, as part of the Research Institute for the Arts and Humanities’ current public lecture series.

Date:  Monday 26th April 2010
Time:  Refreshments will be served from 5.15pm, and the lecture will start at 6pm
Venue:  Wallace Lecture Theatre, Wallace Building, Swansea University

- if you missed this lecture, you can view the podcast here.

In 1204, the king of France seized Normandy from King John of England, ending the political union between England and Normandy that William the Conqueror had established in 1066.  Professor Power's lecture will consider the consequences of the end of the Anglo-Norman ‘realm’ for relations between England and France, and for English (and, more broadly, British) and French history more generally. 

The lecture will discuss how different historical traditions on each side of the English Channel have hindered comparisons between England and France in the thirteenth century, and it will offer new approaches to the study of this formative period in Anglo-French history.

All welcome. For further information call 01792 295190 or email: riah@swansea.ac.uk.


Biography of speaker:

Daniel Power graduated in History in 1990 from Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he then researched for a doctorate under the supervision of Professor Sir James Holt.  He completed his Ph.D. thesis concerning the southern frontiers of twelfth-century Normandy in 1994.  Between 1993 and 1995 he was a research fellow at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.  In January 1996 he was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of History at the University of Sheffield, where he remained until 2007, rising to the position of Senior Lecturer in 2005 and of Reader in 2007.  He was appointed to the Chair of Medieval History at Swansea University on 1 September 2007.

Professor Power’s research has focussed in particular upon France (especially Normandy) and England between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries.  More broadly, his research has contributed to debates concerning two main historical problems:  the nature of frontiers in history, and medieval aristocratic society.  He is the author of The Norman Frontier in the Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuries (Cambridge U.P., 2004),  co-editor of Frontiers in Question:  Eurasian Borderlands 700-1700 (Macmillan Palgrave, 1999) and editor of The Central Middle Ages in the Short Oxford History of Europe series (Oxford U.P., 2006).  In addition, he has published articles and book chapters on topics as diverse as baronial castles, notions of treason, and the mythical fairy ancestresses of Eleanor of Aquitaine.  His recent research has concentrated upon the impact of the rupture of the links between England and Normandy in 1204, and this will form the subject of his inaugural lecture.  In 2006-07 he was the Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded project The ‘Lands of the Normans’ in England 1204-1244, which advanced understanding of the Anglo-Norman aristocracy in that period through the application of digital technologies.
Professor Power was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2005 and a membre of the Société de l’Histoire de France in 2006.  In 2009 he held a one-month fellowship at the Henry E. Huntington Library in San Marino, California.  He has regularly spoken at conferences in France, including at the Universities of Paris IV (Sorbonne), Poitiers, Caen, Rouen, Bordeaux, and Lyon, and has also given papers at the University of Lisbon, the Central European University in Budapest, and at the International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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