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Professor Daniel Power

Professor Daniel Power

Professor in Medieval History, History

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602412

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Daniel Power completed his BA and PhD at the University of Cambridge, where he was subsequently a research fellow, and held a lectureship at the University of Sheffield from 1996. He has been Professor of Medieval History at Swansea University since 2007.

His 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 earlier publications include The Norman Frontier in the Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuries (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), and he 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). 

More recently, his research has concentrated upon the Anglo-Norman aristocracy after the collapse of the Anglo-Norman realm in 1204.  Between 2016 and 2018 he held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for the project ‘The Separation of England and France, 1204-1259’, which investigated the disintegration of the political and social ties that had been established between England and Northern France during the Anglo-Norman period.  Alongside this research project he is also preparing a critical edition of the charters of the constables of Normandy in the 12th and 13th centuries. Some of his other recent publications have concerned the aristocracy of the Welsh March, and the participants in the Albigensian Crusade (1209-29).  He has supervised doctoral students on a wide variety of topics relating to France and the British Isles between the 11th and early 14th centuries, including in joint supervision with French universities, and he would welcome applications from prospective research students wishing to work on this period.

He is a member and former director of MEMO, Swansea University’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (of London) and of the Royal Historical Society.

Areas Of Expertise

  • France and the British Isles in the Central Middle Ages
  • The Anglo-Norman Realm, the Angevin Empire, and Capetian France
  • Aristocratic Power and Records
  • Medieval Frontiers

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
  • Europe in the Central Middle Ages
  • Anglo-Norman, Angevin and Capetian History
  • The Albigensian Crusade
  • Medieval Manuscripts