The History And Topography Of Ireland by Of Wales Gerald Of WalesThe History And Topography Of Ireland by Of Wales Gerald Of Wales

The History And Topography Of Ireland

byOf Wales Gerald Of WalesTranslated byJohn O'MearaIntroduction byJohn O'Meara

Paperback | March 31, 1983

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Gerald 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.
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.
Title:The History And Topography Of IrelandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.79 × 5.08 × 0.3 inPublished:March 31, 1983Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140444238

ISBN - 13:9780140444230

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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A member of one of the leading Norman families who invaded Ireland, Gerald of Wales first visited in 1183 and later returned in Henry II’s entourage. His Topographia Hiberniae or The History and Topography of Ireland documents Ireland and its early history, as understood by a Norman in 1185. While the Irish have been infuriated by the text, they have also acknowledged it as a crucial information source about Ireland throughout the Middle Ages. Whether or not his history is entirely accurate, Gerald’s unique storytelling gift makes the book a pleasure to read.