IN ENGLAND (1204 - 1244)

About the Lands of the Normans project

The Lands of the Normans" in England (1204-44) was a one-year project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under their Route for Speculative Research. The project was based at the Department of History, University of Sheffield and housed in the university's Humanities Research Institute. The project ran from 1 October 2006 to 30 September 2007 under the direction of Professor Daniel Power.

The project team

Historical researchers
Professor Daniel Power

Professor Daniel Power is currently Professor of Medieval History at Swansea University. He was Director and Principal Investigator on the Lands of the Normans project.

Professor Power studied at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and then held a research fellowship at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. 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. His main area of research is the history of France and England from the eleventh to the thirteenth centuries. He is the author of The Norman Frontier in the Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuries (Cambridge, 2004), and he is currently researching the impact upon the Anglo-French aristocracy of the separation of England and Normandy in 1204 (until the treaty of Paris in 1259).

Dr. Tony Moore

Dr. Tony Moore was the Research Associate on the "Lands of the Normans" project. His duties included collaborating on the initial design of the ontology for the project, identifying relevant historical material and entering this into the project database. He is currently Research Assistant on the ESRC-funded project 'Credit Finance in the Middle Ages: Loans to the English Crown c. 1272-1340' based at the ICMA centre, the University of Reading.

Dr. Moore previously studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Cambridge, and his PhD thesis, entitled 'Government and Locality in Essex during the reign of Henry III, 1216-1272', was approved in May 2006. His own research focuses on the relationship between centre and locality in medieval England. His more specific concerns are the identity of the landed class and the development of royal government (particularly the early history of the Common Law) in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. He is also interested in local history and the use of ICT in historical research.

Technical Staff
Ed Mackenzie

Ed Mackenzie is a technical officer at the HRI. He has been involved with a range of projects at the HRI including the Central Criminal Court, Origins of Early Modern Literature, Stuart London and Richard Brome. In the "Lands of the Normans" project, Ed designed the map interface and worked on the project website.

Ed is a graduate of Royal Holloway and Kings College London and has spent a number of years working as a software engineer for a variety of multi-national companies: Fujitsu Computers (currently Fujitsu-Siemens), VNU Publitec, Roche Products and the former Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (now Qinetiq).

Jamie McLaughlin

Jamie McLaughlin is currently seconded part time to the Armadillo Historical Data Mining Project. This project uses a set of online resources in eighteenth-century British social history to evaluate the benefits to humanities scholars of automated data-mining techniques and Semantic Web technology.

In his capacity as programmer at the HRI, Jamie is devloping a number of web applications for projects based in the Institute. These include an online Virtual Research Environment for scholars researching the House of Lords Journals and updates to the James Madison Carpenter Collection website. In the "Lands of the Normans" project, Jamie designed the ontology.

Jamie obtained a BA in History from the University of Sheffield in 2000 and an MPhil in the same subject in 2003. The English Civil War and Interregnum are Jamie's main areas of interest. Since joining the HRI in 2002, Jamie has developed online components for around twenty projects including the Old Bailey Proceedings Online, Foxe's Book of Martyrs Variorum Edition and the Galdos Editions Project.

Katherine Rogers

Katherine Rogers is a Technical Officer at the HRI, developing and supporting web-based applications. She has contributed to: the digitisation of Central Criminal Court proceedings; the Materializing Sheffield: Place, Culture and Identity e-book; John Strype's Survey of London online; the Richard Brome Online project. In the "Lands of the Normans" project, Katherine developed the search function and the automated reconstruction of genealogical tables.

Katherine graduated from Sheffield University with a BA in History. After studying as a research student in the History Department, she worked for 6 years as an analyst-programmer at IT companies, including EDS, Insight and Avoca. Whilst working, she also obtained a BSc in Computing and IT from the Open University.

The dual aims of the project were to assess the historical consequences of the end of the Anglo-Norman realm, for England and for France, and to investigate the potential for Information Technology to contribute to historical study. This website makes the resulting dataset available to the public, in the hope that it may prove a useful resource for Anglo-Norman history and encourage others to explore these tools


The Lands of the Normans project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project team would like to thank the AHRC for its support, financial and otherwise, without which the project would not have been possible. The project team would also like to thank the Humanities Research Institute and the University of Sheffield. We are also grateful to Paul Coles of the University of Sheffield Cartography Service for producing the static maps of the Norman estates of a number of families from our sample. The project team acknowledges the assistance of the Archives Départementales du Calvados, the Archives Départementales de l'Orne, the Archives Départementales de la Seine-Maritime, and The National Archives during the collection of data and also for their permission to use images of documents from these archives in this website. We would also like to thank Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, for permission to use image from the Chronica Majora of Matthew Paris featured in this website.

We are also grateful to Roger J.P. Kain and Richard R. Oliver (University of Exeter) and Humphrey Southall of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project (University of Portsmouth) for permission to adapt the dataset of county and parish boundaries for this project.


The Lands of the Normans project would welcome your feedback on this website, any suggestions that you may have on how to further develop this site and details of what functionality you found useful or any problems that you experienced whilst using this site. Contact details for Professor Daniel Power, the project director, are available at (Opens in a new window).

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