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The Itinerary of Archbishop Baldwin through Wales
and  The Description of Wales.

By Giraldus Cambrensis; Everyman reprint 1919 (1st Everyman ed. 1908)

 

The text is that of Sir Richard Colt Hoare who published an English translation from the original Latin, chiefly from the texts of Camden and Wharton in 1806.

There follows two extracts from the books' introduction together with a listing of chapter headings for each book

Introduction

Two paragraphs from the Introduction by W Llewelyn Williams;

"Gerald the Welshman---Giraldus Cambrensis---was born, probably in 1147, at Manorbier Castle in the county of Pembroke. His father was a Norman noble, William de Barri, who took his name from the little island of Barry off the coast of Glamorgan. His mother, Angharad, was the daughter of Gerald de Windsor by his wife, the famous Princess Nesta, the ' Helen of Wales', and the daughter of Rhys ap Tewdwr Mawr, the last independent Prince of South Wales.............."

"..........(in the Itinerary and Description of Wales........here he is impartial in his evidence, and judicial in his decisions. If he errs at all it is not through racial prejudice. " I am sprung" he once told the Pope in a letter, " from the Princes of Wales and from the barons of the Marches, and when I see injustice in either race, I hate it."

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