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The Journey Through Wales and the Description of Wales (Penguin Classics)

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Originally written as two separate works in the 12th century, the Penguin Classics edition of The Journey through Wales and The Description of Wales offers a fascinating glimpse into the daily life and culture of medieval Wales. A dynamic and well-known clergyman and writer in his day, Gerald was half-Welsh, his mother a beauty of such repute she earned the nickname "The Helen of Wales." Gerald also wrote The History and Topography of Ireland.
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Gerald of Wales was one of the most dynamic and colorful churchmen of the 12th century. His JOURNEY describes a mission to Wales undertaken in 1188 by Baldwin, Archbishop of Canterbury, with Gerald as his companion. THE DESCRIPTION provides a picture of the day-to-day existence of ordinary Welshmen of the time. Both offer a wealth of fascinating first-hand historical detail.

Description:

"List of Gerald's extant writings" p. [62]. Bibliography: p. 60-61.

About the Author

Betty Radice read classics at Oxford, then married and, in the intervals of bringing up a family, tutored in classics, philosophy and English. She became joint editor of the Penguin Classics in 1964. As well as editing the translation of Livy’s The War with Hannibal she translated Livy’s Rome and Italy, Pliny’s Letters, The Letters of Abelard and Heloise and Erasmus’s Praise of Folly, and also wrote the introduction to Horace’s Complete Odes and Epodes, all for the Penguin Classics. She also edited Edward Gibbon’s Memoirs of My Life for the Penguin English Library, and edited and annotated her translation of the younger Pliny’s works for the Loeb Library of Classics and translated from Renaissance Latin, Greek and Italian for the Officina Bodoni of Verona. She collaborated as a translator in the Collected Works of Erasmus, and was the author of the Penguin Reference Book Who’s Who in the Ancient World. Betty Radice was an honorary fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and a vice-president of the Classical Association. Betty Radice died in 1985.

Table of Contents

Translated by Lewis Thorpe

Introduction:

I. The Life of Gerald of Wales

Geneaological table: the family of Gerald of Wales

II. The Journey Through Wales

1. The purpose of the journey and its achievements

2. Gerald's role

3. The route followed

4. The three versions

5. "...cum notabilibus suis"

6. The editions

7. The earlier translation

8. This translation

III. The Description of Wales

1. The shape and subject-matter

2. The three versions

3. The changes made in the second and third versions

4. The editions

5. The earlier translation

6. This translation

IV. Gerald the Historian

V. Gerald the Artist

VI. Short Bibliography

VII. Acknowledgments

VIII. List of Gerald's Extant Writings

Maps:

1. Gerald's Journey Through Wales

2. Wales in 1188

THE JOURNEY THROUGH WALES

First Preface

Second Preface

List of Chapter-Headings: Book I; Book II

THE DESCRIPTION OF WALES

First Preface

Second Preface

List of Chapter-Headings: Book I; Book II

Appendix I: The additions made in Versions II and III of The Journey Through Wales

Appendix II: The additions made in Versions II and III of The Description of Wales

Appendix III: Gerald of Wales and King Arthur

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140443394
Author:
Gerald of Wales
Author:
Thrope, Lewis
Author:
Radice, Betty
Author:
Gerald of Wales
Author:
Thorpe, Lewis
Author:
Giraldus
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth ;
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Early works to 1800
Subject:
Wales
Subject:
Wales Social life and customs.
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Wales Description and travel.
Subject:
World History-England General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
no. 30
Publication Date:
19781231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.77x5.08x.69 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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History and Social Science » World History » Scotland and Wales
Travel » Europe » Great Britain

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Originally written as two separate works in the 12th century, the Penguin Classics edition of The Journey through Wales and The Description of Wales offers a fascinating glimpse into the daily life and culture of medieval Wales. A dynamic and well-known clergyman and writer in his day, Gerald was half-Welsh, his mother a beauty of such repute she earned the nickname "The Helen of Wales." Gerald also wrote The History and Topography of Ireland.

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