Expugnatio Hibernica

Gerald of Wales
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  • Anglo-Latin texts, Cambro-Latin texts
Gerald of WalesGerald of Wales
(c. 1146–1220 x 1223)
Giraldus Cambrensis, Gerald de Barry
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Related: Dublin Annals of InisfallenDublin Annals of InisfallenA compilation of annals made in Paris by John O’Conor (Seán Ó Conaire) for John O’Brien (Seán Ó Briain), bishop of Cloyne (d. 1769). The annals run from AD 250 to 1320 and focus on events concerning the province of Munster.Irish abridgment of the Expugnatio HibernicaIrish abridgment of the Expugnatio HibernicaEarly Modern Irish adaptation of part of Gerald of Wales’ Expugnatio Hibernica, I.1-II.19. According to Aisling Byrne (2013), it is “a translation of the Hiberno-English text and not, as has been previously assumed, an independent adaptation of the Latin original”.Prophetiae Merlini SilvestrisProphetiae Merlini Silvestris

A collection of prophecies of English kings, which are much indebted to Book VII of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia. Not every manuscript witness contains the full set, but the complete version consists of three texts: (1) Arbor fertilis, about Edward the Confessor’s dream vision concerning the Norman invasion and the accession of Henry II; (2) Sicut rubeum draconem, a king-list running from William I to John; and (3) Mortuo leone, concerning Stephen and Henry II.


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Primary sources

[ed.] [tr.] Scott, A. B., and F. X. Martin, Giraldus Cambrensis. Expugnatio Hibernica: The conquest of Ireland, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1978.
[ed.] Dimock, J. F., Giraldi Cambrensis opera, 8 vols, vol. 5: Topographia Hibernica et Expugnatio Hibernica, London, 1867.
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Secondary sources (select)

Lapidge, Michael, and Richard Sharpe, A bibliography of Celtic-Latin literature, 400-1200, Royal Irish Academy Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources, Ancillary Publications, 1, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1985.
23–24 [id. 53.]
Hardy, T. D., Descriptive catalogue of materials relating to the history of Great Britain and Ireland to the end of the reign of Henry VII, vol. 2: From A.D. 1066 to A.D. 1200, London: Longman, Green and Roberts, 1865.
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[id. 607.]
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