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Geraldus Cambrensis

c. 1146-c. 1223

Cleric
Writer & Historian

 

Great Britain: Wales

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.

Giraldus Cambrensis
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.


In Print

The links below will take you to mySimon, where you can compare prices at booksellers across the web. More in-depth info about the book may be found by clicking on to the book's page at one of the online merchants.

Gerald of Wales, 1146-1223
by Robert Bartlett

Gerald of Wales
by Brynley F. Roberts

Gerald of Wales = Giraldus Cambrensis
by John Miles


Related Resources

Medieval Wales
A multi-page index covering the history and culture of Wales and the Welsh people during the middle ages.

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