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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.

List of works

  • Topographia Hibernica ("Topography of Ireland", 1187)
  • Expugnatio Hibernica ("Conquest of Ireland", 1189)
  • Itinerarium Cambriae ("Journey through Wales", 1191)
  • Liber de Principis instructione c.1193
  • Descriptio Cambriae ("Description of Wales", 1194)
  • De instructione principis ("Education of a prince")
  • De rebus a se gestis ("Autobiography")
  • De iure et statu Menevensis ecclesiae ("Rights and privileges of the Church of St David's")
  • Gemma ecclesiastica ("Jewel of the church")
  • Speculum ecclesiae ("Mirror of the church")
  • Symbolum electorum
  • Invectiones
  • Retractationes
  • Speculum duorum
  • Life of St Hugh of Lincoln
  • Life of Geoffrey, Archbishop of York
  • Life of St Ethelbert
  • Life of St Remigius
  • Life of St David
Lost works
  • Vita sancti Karadoci ("Life of St Caradoc")
  • De fidei fructu fideique defectu
  • Totius Kambriae mappa c.1205

In popular culture

Gerald's tour of Wales in 1188 was detailed in a 1988 cartoon voiced by comedian Max Boyce.

See also


Myself as Witness by James Goldman

A novel set in England during the time of King John ca. 1199-1216. It is the fictional chronicle of John's reign rendered in first-person by "Giraldus Cambrensis".

NY: Random House, 1979. ISBN 0-394-41923-5

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