- Anglo-Latin texts, Cambro-Latin texts
A work written in Latin by the Norman-Welsh clergyman Gerald of Wales in which he gives an ethnographic account of Ireland and her inhabitants. Gerald wrote the work after two visits to relatives in Ireland in the 1180s and later produced a revised recension.
(c. 1146–1220 x 1223)
Giraldus Cambrensis, Gerald de Barry
No short description available
- London, British Library, MS Harley 4003 [s. xiii–xiv]
- Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 4126 = Poppleton manuscript [s. xiiiex + s. xiv3/4]
First version of Gerald of Wales’ Topographia Hiberniae.
Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.
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