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The History and Topography of Ireland : Penguin Classics - Gerald of Wales

The History and Topography of Ireland

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 1st February 1983
ISBN: 9780140444230
Number Of Pages: 144
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

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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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The author made mention of my own family line more than once with credibility. It shows the research was done with integrity and the book will sell on its own merit.

Victoria Au


The History and Topography of Ireland

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ISBN: 9780140444230
ISBN-10: 0140444238
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st February 1983
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 14.2  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.11
Edition Number: 1