Professor Daniel Power

About Me

Daniel Power studied at Selwyn College, Cambridge, from 1987, and held a research fellowship at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, from 1993. In 1996 he was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of History at the University of Sheffield, where he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005 and Reader in 2007. He took up the post of Professor of Medieval History at Swansea University in September 2007. He is currently the Head of the Department of History and Classics.

Professor Power’s research concerns the history of France and the British Isles in the Central Middle Ages (especially the Anglo-Norman realm, the Angevin Empire, and Capetian France) and medieval frontier societies. His publications include The Norman Frontier in the Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuries (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), and he has edited The Central Middle Ages (Short Oxford History of Europe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006) and (with Naomi Standen) Frontiers in Question: Eurasian Borderlands 700-1700 (Basingstoke: Macmillan Press, 1999). His recent publications include a study of participants in the Albigensian Crusade, but they mainly concern the Anglo-Norman aristocracy in the 13th century, after the end of the Anglo-Norman realm in 1204, for which he established the database The ‘Lands of the Normans’ in England (1204-44); he is also preparing a critical edition of the 400 charters of the Hommet family, constables of Normandy in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Professor Power is the Director of MEMO, Swansea University’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research. He is a Member of the Société de l'Histoire de France, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (of London) and the Royal Historical Society.


  1. The Briouze family in the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries: inheritance strategies, lordship and identity. Journal of Medieval History 41(3), 341-361.
  2. The declaration on the Norman Church (1205): a study in Norman sigillography. In Phillipp Schofield (Ed.), Seals and their Context in the Middle Ages. (pp. 35-62Oxford & Philadelphia: Oxbow Books.
  3. The "Loss of Normandy" and Northamptonshire. In Paul Dalton and David Luscombe (Ed.), Rulership and Rebellion in the Anglo-Norman World (1066 – c.1216). (pp. 213-229). Farnham: Ashgate.
  4. Who went on the Albigensian Crusade?. English Historical Review 128(534), 1047-1085.
  5. Aristocratic Acta in Normandy and England, c.1150-c.1250: the charters and letters of the Du Hommet constables of Normandy. In Bates, D. (Ed.), Anglo-Norman Studies 35: Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2012. (pp. 259-286). Woodbridge: Boydell Press.

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  • HI-M80 Directed Reading in History

    Under the guidance of an expert supervisor, students analyse developments in research and historiography relating to a topic in History which they choose from a wide range of options.

  • HIH117 Medieval Europe: an introduction

    The module is a basic introduction to the history of Europe c600-c1450, a period usually described as 'Medieval'. It outlines the political and economic structures of the period, and examines the medieval 'world view' by discussing attitudes to life, death and the afterlife. Its first theme, expansion, charts the growth of Europe as a major world power and includes topics such as the crusades against the Muslims and pagans, political and economic growth, and intellectual development in the foundation of the universities. Its second theme, crisis, focuses on the devastating impact of plague, famine and warfare, and the increasing persecution of heretics, lepers, homosexuals, and Jews.

  • HIH237 The Practice of History

    The purpose of the module is to encourage you to think more deeply about how historians work and, in particular, about how we as historians can locate and use primary historical sources effectively as a means of interpreting and understanding the past. During the module we will learn about the survival of historical evidence, how it is organised and made accessible to historians to undertake their research, and how to effectively locate and interpret it in your studies. We will consider how the process of doing historical research changes over time, in particular with the impact of recent developments like digitization. At the core of the module will be the work you undertake with others in your seminar group using a range of primary sources which your seminar tutor will introduce to you. As part of the module assessment you will also undertake your own primary source based research project using items from these collections. The module is designed strengthen your analytical skills and to help prepare you for the more extensive uses of primary evidence which you will encounter in final year special subjects and dissertation.

  • HIH252 War and Society in the Anglo-Norman World

    This module will examine Anglo-Norman warfare in the two centuries between the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 and the civil war between Henry III and rebel English barons in 1264-65. It will look at the methods of warfare as well as to their impact upon Anglo-Norman society. Themes include comparisons with Anglo-Saxon and ‘Celtic’ warfare, rebellion, chivalry and tournaments, the place of the Church and women in Anglo-Norman warfare, and representations of conflict in manuscripts and the Bayeux Tapestry.

  • HIH3181 The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades

    This module examines the history of the Cathar heresy in the 12th and 13th centuries and the so-called Albigensian Crusades that were launched to suppress them between 1209 and 1229. It will consider the appeal of Catharism to its supporters; the reasons for the brutal treatment of the Cathars by the Catholic Church and Northern French aristocracy; and the legacy for European civilisation of this medieval heresy and the military campaigns against it.

  • HIH3300 History Dissertation

    The History dissertation is a free-standing, 40-credit module that runs across both semesters of Level Three. Candidates conduct research upon a subject of their choice, devised in consultation with a member of staff teaching for the degrees in History, and concerning a topic that falls within staff research and teaching interests.

  • HIMM01 Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 1: Skills and Approaches

    This module introduces students to recent and current trends in medieval studies, to the research skills required for MA-level research, and to the medieval heritage of South Wales and the surrounding region. Seminars will consider the nature of medieval sources and texts, and a selection of themes that have made a significant impact upon medieval studies in recent years.

  • HIMM02 Research Folder

    A course designed to help students to identify their dissertation subject, to prepare for it bibliographically, and to plan its research and writing.

  • HIMM03 Medieval Manuscripts

    This module will introduce students to the study of medieval manuscripts through weekly two-hour seminars. All candidates will first study palaeography in a range of languages, from late Roman to late medieval English scripts, dealing with a variety of hands and genres of text. Candidates will then choose between studying medieval diplomatic (documents, e.g. genre, purpose, and production) or learning the basics of editing medieval texts. The module will give students a sophisticated understanding of medieval manuscripts.

  • HIMM04 Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 2: Themes and Sources

    This module aims to apply the skills and approaches learned in the module HIMM01: Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 1: Skills and Approaches to a range of important themes in Medieval Studies, including gender, identity, laws and customs, spirituality, heritage. The module is interdisciplinary and draws on historical, literary and visual sources. The content of the module will be arranged in 2-weekly blocks, with the first week in each block dedicated to introducing students to the specific theme and the second week being used as a practical application of this knowledge to a source or text.

  • HIMM06 Directed Reading in Medieval Studies

    Under the guidance of an expert supervisor, students analyse developments in research and either historiography or literary criticism, relating to a topic in Medieval Studies which they choose from a wide range of options.


  • The evidence for viking influence on Welsh culture, literature and place-names in the 8th - 11th centuries CE, and a consideration of how this might be itnerpreted as showing limited, if any, settlement in Wales. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Simon Meecham-Jones
  • 'The Plantagenet Administration of Normandy, 1144-1204.' (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Stevens
  • L'aristocratie Laique du Glamorgan et l'abbaye de Margam XII-XIII siecles/ The Lay aristocracy of Glamorgan and Margam Abbey- 12th- 13th Centuries (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Williams
  • 'Saints and Edges in Anglo-Saxon Britain.' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Professor Liz Herbert Mcavoy
  • 'Reconstruction and rebirth: the kingdom of Jerusalem 1187-1233.' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Professor Deborah Youngs
  • 'Medieval Student Violence: Oxford and Bologna, c. 1250-1400.' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Professor Deborah Youngs
  • 'The Querimoniae Nomannorum (1247): Land, politics and society in thirteenth-century Normandy.' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Professor Deborah Youngs
  • 'The creation of a First Crusade hero: Godfrey of Bouillon in history, literature and memory, c.1100 - c.1300.' (awarded 2012)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr John Law
  • The Cambro-Normans in Leinster 1169-1399 - Volume I and Volume II (awarded 2006)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Professor Stuart Clark