The History and Topography of Ireland
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History and Topography of Ireland by Gerald of Wales
Book DescriptionGerald of Wales was among the most dynamic and fascinating churchmen of the twelfth century. A member of one of the leading Norman families involved in the invasion of Ireland, he first visited there in 1183 and later returned in the entourage of Henry II. The resulting "Topographia Hiberniae" is an extraordinary account of his travels. Here he describes landscapes, fish, birds and animals; recounts the history of Ireland's rulers; and tells fantastical stories of magic wells and deadly whirlpools, strange creatures and evil spirits. Written from the point of view of an invader and reformer, this work has been rightly criticized for its portrait of a primitive land, yet it is also one of the most important sources for what is known of Ireland during the Middle Ages.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140444230
(198mm x 129mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Sep-1982
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Scholar, churchman, diplomat and theologian, Gerald of Wales was one of the most fascinating figures of the Middle Ages. This title describes his eventful tour of the country as a missionary in 1188. It provides a view into the medieval world.
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Author Biography - Gerald of Wales
Gerald of Wales was born c.1145 in Pembrokeshire. He died in obscurity, possibly in Lincoln in 1223. He wrote seventeen books, all of them in Latin, and was well-connected to the Royal Family of his day.
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