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The Description of Wales

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One of two works on Wales by the medieval clergyman and chronicler which remain incredibly valuable historical documents, significant for their descriptions of Welsh and Norman culture. His writings reflect experiences gained on his travels as well as his knowledge of the authorities on learning.
Paperback, 60 pages
Published January 10th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1194)
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Aug 28, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read with contradictory information to some of the Welsh historic texts I've previously read. This version annoyingly is missing translation of the frequent Latin and the footnotes are deleted due to copyright issues?? With translations and footnotes would have been 3/5
this was a fun read. gerald first writes a lot of honorary babbling, which surely could not be helped. then follow descriptions of the welsh landscape, the inhabitants, their virtues and faults. there was also a part how the welsh could be conquered an governed. gerald is innovative, taking into account that he wrote this in the 12th century! for that big thumbs up. the comparisons to greek are of course rubbish and ridiculous and from our point in science quite hilarious. still I really liked h ...more
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Gerald of Wales (c. 1146 – c. 1223), also known as Gerallt Gymro in Welsh or Giraldus Cambrensis in Latin, archdeacon of Brecon, was a medieval clergyman and chronicler of his times. Born around 1146 at Manorbier Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, he was of mixed Norman and Welsh blood, his name being Gerald de Barri.

Gerald's writings in good quality Latin, based on a thorough knowledge of Classical
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