Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781786831644 Published May 2018 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
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Gerald of Wales

New Perspectives on a Medieval Writer and Critic

Edited by Georgia Henley and A. Joseph McMullen

Gerald of Wales

Edited by Georgia Henley and A. Joseph McMullen

Distributed for University of Wales Press

336 pages | 5 color plates, 3 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781786831644 Published May 2018 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $130.00 ISBN: 9781786831637 Published May 2018 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Gerald of Wales (1146–1223) is widely recognized for his innovative ethnographic studies of Ireland and Wales, which touched upon many aspects of twelfth-century life. Despite their valuable insights, these twenty-three works are vastly understudied today. The first multi-authored biographical treatment of this important historical figure, Gerald of Wales brings together a variety of voices and perspectives for a cross-disciplinary approach.
 
The collection of essays in this book reassess Gerald’s importance as a medieval Latin writer by focusing on the lesser-known works and providing a fuller context for his better-known writings. A true testament to the breadth and depth of his work, this book brings to light new evidence for the rhetorical strategies he employed, his political positioning, and his use of source material.
 

Contents
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
 
1 Gerald of Wales; Interpretation and Innovation in Medieval Britain
Georgia Henley and A. Joseph McMullen

Section 1: Appropriating the Past
2 Gerald of Wales and the Welsh Past
Huw Pryce
3 Gerald and Welsh Genealogical Learning
Ben Guy
4 Gerald of Wales, Walter Map and the Anglo-Saxon History of Lydbury North
Joshua Byron Smith
 
Section 2: Gerald the Writer: Manuscripts and Authorship
5 Gerald of Wales and the History of Llanthony Priory
Robert Bartlett
6 The Early Manuscripts of Gerald of Wales
Catherine Rooney
7 Giraldian Beavers: Revision and the Making of Meaning in Gerald’s Early Works
Michael Faletra
8 Style, Truth and Irony: Listening to the Voice of Gerald of Wale’s Writings
Simon Meecham-Jones
 
Section 3: Gerald the Thinker: Religion and Worldview
9 Gerald of Wales’s Sense of Humour
Peter J. A. Jones
10 Fere tirannicus: Royal Tyranny and the Construction of Episcopal Sanctity in Gerald of Wales’s Vita Sancti Hugonis
Peter Raleigh
11 ‘ A Priest Is Not a Free Person’: Condemning Clerical Sins and Upholding Higher Moral Standards in the Gemma ecclesiastica
Suzanne LaVere
12 Elements of Identity: Gerlad, the Humours and National Characteristics
Owain Nash
 
Section 4: Reception in England, Ireland and Wales
13 Gerald’s Circulation and Reception in Wales: The Case of Claddedigaeth Arthur
Georgia Henley
14 The Transmission of the Expugnatio Hibernica in Fifteenth-century Ireland
Caoimhe Whelan
15 Did the Tudors Read Giraldus? Gerald of Wales and Early Modern Polemical Historiography
Brednand Kane
 
Afterword
Bibliography
Index
 
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