Cambriae Descriptio

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Penguin Books Limited, 1978 - History - 333 pages
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Scholar, churchman, diplomat and theologian, Gerald of Wales was one of the most fascinating figures of the Middle Ages and The Journey Through Wales describes his eventful tour of the country as a missionary in 1188. In a style reminiscent of a diary, Gerald records the day-to-day events of the mission, alongside lively accounts of local miracles, folklore and religious relics such as Saint Patrickís Horn, and eloquent descriptions of natural scenery that includes the rugged promontory of St Davidís and the vast snow-covered panoramas of Snowdonia. The landscape is evoked in further detail in The Description, which chronicles the everyday lives of the Welsh people with skill and affection. Witty and gently humorous throughout, these works provide a unique view into the medieval world.

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Review: The Journey Through Wales & The Description of Wales

User Review  - Huw Francis - Goodreads

An interesting and important commentary on Wales flawed by the religious pomposity of a man trying to 'improve' the uncivilised locals. Read full review

Review: The Journey Through Wales & The Description of Wales

User Review  - Dana - Goodreads

I relied heavily on this primary source material when writing my book (which is set in Wales). Part travelogue, part chronicle of the young men who go on the Crusades, and part adventure, Gerald of ... Read full review

About the author (1978)

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.

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