Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

David Paradis

Second Advisor

Tiffany Beechy

Third Advisor

Mithi Mukherjee


This paper addresses the issue of kin-strife in the Welsh kingdom of Powys during the period from 1066 to 1160 during the Anglo-Norman conquest of Wales. The practice of kin-strife while a long-standing part of Welsh culture was intensified and encouraged in the kingdom of Powys by Anglo-Norman kings in their attempts to secure control over Wales. This paper argues that despite these attempts by the Anglo-Normans and bouts of kin-strife the royal family of Powys managed secure a large amount of unity and stability within their kingdom. Further, what undermined the power of Powys was not kin-strife, but the adherence by the princes of Powys in 1160 to the practice of partible Inheritance.