Gerald of Wales (also called Gerald de Barri and Giraldus Cambrensis) was educated in Paris and served as Archdeacon of Brecknock. In service of Henry II of England he visited Ireland, a journey which resulted in the writing of Topographia Hibernica ("Topography of Ireland") and Expugnatio Hibernica ("Conquest of Ireland"). He later toured his homeland and wrote Itinerarium Cambriae ("Itinerary of Wales") and Cambriae descriptio ("Description of Wales").
From Your Guide
The Description of Wales
Modern English edition of Gerald's 12th-century work from the 1912 edition by J. M. Dent, online here at the Medieval History site. Presented in two books comprising 38 chapters and two prefaces.
The Itinerary of Archbishop Baldwin through Wales
Modern English edition of Gerald's 12th-century work from the 1912 edition by J. M. Dent, online here at the Medieval History site. Presented in two books comprising 27 chapters, an introduction, two prefaces and separate page of annotations.
On the Web
Catholic Encyclopedia: Giraldus Cambrensis
Thorough bio by James MacCaffrey.
Gerald of Wales
An enlightening bio taken from the official guidebook for Manorbier Castle, online at the Castles of Wales site. Includes a link to a nice page about Gerald's birthplace, Manorbier Castle.
A look at Gerald's descriptions of Irish music, with excerpts from various sources, at the Traditional Irish Music page.
The Commerce of Ireland, 1187
Brief description of 12th-century Ireland's produce and economy, by Gerald of Wales, provided online at Paul Halsall's Medieval Sourcebook.
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Gerald of Wales, 1146-1223
by Robert Bartlett
Gerald of Wales
by Brynley F. Roberts
Gerald of Wales = Giraldus Cambrensis
by John Miles
A multi-page index covering the history and culture of Wales and the Welsh people during the middle ages.