The Autobiography of Gerald of Wales
Gerald of Wales, the son of a Norman Baron and the grandson of a Welsh Princess, is one of the most gifted and entertaining of medieval writers. His autobiography, translated from the Latin, presents the story of an Archdeacon who, despite his passionate efforts, never became a Bishop; it is the self-revelation of a man as able and courageous as he was vain and eccentric, and as devout and serious as he was flamboyant and humorous, a vivid picture of twelfth-century kings and prelates, of politics and travel, full of strange adventures at home and abroad, told with frankness and power, and without a counterpart in the literature of his day. Moreover, the volume presents a vivid picture of medieval life in general. The late H. E. BUTLER was Professor of Latin at University College, London.
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GIRALDUS AND WALES
PREFACE TO THE DE REBUS A SE GESTIS
FIRST CALL TO THE BISHOPRIC 1176
THE UNIVERSITY OF PARIS 11771179
UNHAPPY DAYS AT MYNYW I l8o1183
HE TAKES SERVICE WITH THE CROWN l 184
THE PREACHING OF THE CRUSADE 1187
HIS SERVICE OF KING RICHARD 11891195
FIRST VISIT TO ROME Nov 3Oth 1199 163
RETURN TO ENGLAND Dec 12Ol
THIRD VISIT TO ROME Jan 4th 1203
HE RETURNS BAFFLED TO ENGLAND Aug 1203
FINAL DEFEAT AND RECONCILIATION WITH
THE CLOSING YEARS 12041223
A GUIDE TO FURTHER READING
HIS RETIREMENT TO LINCOLN 11961198
HE IS ELECTED BY THE CHAPTER IN DEFIANCE OF KING
Abbot Abbot of St Abbot of Whitland adversaries answer appointed Arch Archbishop of Canterbury assent Bishop of Ely Bishop of Mynyw Brecon brother Canons of Mynyw cantrefs Cardinal cause Chapter of Mynyw Church of Canterbury Church of Mynyw Cistercian clergy clerks concerning the standing consecration corrupted counsel Cross David deacon desire dignity Dogmael Elect of Bangor Elfael England English excommunicated fear feast forthwith Gerald of Wales Giraldus Cambrensis Giraldus the Archdeacon Giraldus's given Gwynedd heard hearing Henry Holy honour Invect Ireland iure et statu journey Judges Justiciar King King's labour land less Lord Pope Master Giraldus matter messengers Metropolitan monk Moreover never nomination once Osbert pallium Pembroke person Prince Prior of Llantony promises rebus received refused replied Rhys Rhys ap Gruffydd Rome sent straightway suffragans suit concerning summoned things truth Wales Welsh Wherefore Whitland whole witnesses wont words
Página 368 - Green's Short History, 119. 2 Gerald's work, written in 1186, was translated into English in the fifteenth century. Fac. Nat. MSS. ill. xxxviii. " I find," wrote Lynch in the seventeenth, " the calumnies of which he is the author published in the language and writings of every nation, no new geography, no history of the world, no work on 'the manners and customs of different nations appearing in which his calumnious charges against the Irish are not chronicled as undoubted facts ; no map engraved...