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II.21 - Gerald of Wales

from Thirteenth Century

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 January 2024

Edited with Introduction and Notes by
Carolinne White
Affiliation:
University of Oxford
Catherine Conybeare
Affiliation:
Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
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Gerald of Wales was one of the greatest British writers of the Middle Ages, writing extensively on politics, literature, ethnography, and on himself. A man of many interests and linguistic competence in a number of languages, he felt himself sidelined in his desire to gain high office within the Church. His Speculum Ecclesiae and Gemma Ecclesiae hold a critical mirror up to the Church of his day, and contain much satirical humour. His works on the culture of Wales and Ireland, drawing on his own experiences and travels, are classics in their field. Gerald was also very learned in classical and patristic writings, often quoting St. Jerome who, like Gerald, suffered from a chip on his shoulder.

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  • Gerald of Wales
  • Edited with Introduction and Notes by Carolinne White, University of Oxford
  • Preface by Catherine Conybeare, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
  • Book: The Cambridge Anthology of British Medieval Latin
  • Online publication: 11 January 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316890738.023
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  • Gerald of Wales
  • Edited with Introduction and Notes by Carolinne White, University of Oxford
  • Preface by Catherine Conybeare, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
  • Book: The Cambridge Anthology of British Medieval Latin
  • Online publication: 11 January 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316890738.023
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  • Gerald of Wales
  • Edited with Introduction and Notes by Carolinne White, University of Oxford
  • Preface by Catherine Conybeare, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
  • Book: The Cambridge Anthology of British Medieval Latin
  • Online publication: 11 January 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316890738.023
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