Professor Daniel Power

Professor Daniel Power
Professor in Medieval History
History And Classics
Telephone: (01792) 602412

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.

Professor Power is an Associate 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 Royal Historical Society and of the Society of Antiquaries (of London).


  1. Who went on the Albigensian Crusade?. English Historical Review 128(534), 1047-1085. doi:10.1093/ehr/cet252
  2. 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.
  3. En quête de sécurité juridique dans la Normandie angevine : concorde finale et inscription au rouleau. Bibliothèque de l’École des Chartes 168(2), 327-371.
  4. Cross-Channel communication and the end of the “Anglo-Norman realm”: Robert Fitzwalter and the Valognes inheritance / La communication de part et d’autre de la Manche et la fin du « royaume anglo-normand » : Robert fils-Gautier et l'héritage de Valognes. Tabularia: Etudes 11, 1-33.
  5. The Treaty of Paris (1259) and the Aristocracy of England and Normandy. In Burton, J., Lachaud, F. & Schofield, P. (Ed.), Thirteenth-Century England XIII: Proceedings of the Paris Conference, 2009. (pp. 141-157). Woodbridge: Boydell Press.

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  • HIH117 Medieval Europe: an introduction

    The module is a basic introduction to the history of Europe c1100-c1400, 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.

  • HIH122 Making History

    History is an imprecise art and what historians say and write about the past is not the same as what actually happened in the past. Most people's knowledge about the past doesn't come from professional historians at all but rather from 'public history'. Public history is the collective understandings of the past that exist outside academic discipline of history. It is derived from a diverse range of sources including oral traditions, legends, literature, art, films and television. This module will introduce you to the study and presentation of the past. It will consider how the content, aims and methods of academic and public history compare and contrast and you will engage in your own small research project to investigate this. The module will also teach you about the fundamentals of studying and writing history at university. You will learn about essay writing, group work and critical analysis and employ these skills to understand and assess history today, both as an academic activity and as public knowledge.

  • 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.

  • HIH3229 The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (I)

    The reign of King John (1199-1216) was a critical period in medieval western European history, notably on account of the collapse of the Angevin ‘empire’ in France (1202-5); the Papal Interdict (1207-13); a radical shift in English relations with Wales, Ireland, and Scotland; and the Magna Carta crisis (1214-17). This module is the first part of a two-part Special Subject concerning John’s reign (with HIH3230), and introduces students to the main historical debates and primary sources for the reign.

  • HIH3230 The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (II)

    The reign of King John (1199-1216) was a critical period in medieval western European history, notably on account of the collapse of the Angevin ‘empire’ in France (1202-5); the Papal Interdict (1207-13); a radical shift in English relations with Wales, Ireland, and Scotland; and the Magna Carta crisis (1214-17). This module is the second part of a two-part Special Subject concerning John’s reign (with HIH3229). It comprises a detailed examination of the primary sources for this period, and places the developments of John’s reign in their broader context, exploring such themes as political society, government, justice and law, and concepts of identity.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.


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    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Williams
  • Saints and Edges in Anglo-Saxon England (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Elizabeth Herbert Mcavoy
  • 'Medieval Student Violence: Oxford and Bologna, c. 1250-1400.' (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Deborah Youngs
  • The Plantagenet Administration of Normandy, 1144-1204. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Stevens
  • 'Reconstruction and rebirth: the kingdom of Jerusalem 1187-1233.' (awarded 2014)

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

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr 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 David Clark