A Welsh Odyssey: In the Footsteps of Gerald of Wales, by Michael Curig Roberts

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A Welsh Odyssey: In the Footsteps of Gerald of Wales, by Michael Curig Roberts
A Welsh Odyssey: In the Footsteps of Gerald of Wales, by Michael Curig Roberts

Book published by Carreg Gwalch in 2011, 253 pages. Paperback (N8201)

From the rear side cover: This is a readable and enjoyable account of the journey of the intriguing Gerald of Wales in 1188, when he travelled around Wales with the then Archbishop of Canterbury trying to persuade Welshmen to sign up for the Third Crusade. The author, using Sir Richard Colt Hoare's 1806 translation of Gerald's account, examines some of Gerald's comments about the landscape, culture and personalities of Wales at the time, and, also travels to see what remains of some of the places Gerald visited.

Gerald was a lively and witty man, with a penchant for telling elaborate stories. He portrays the Welsh as strong fighters who defend their homes and land with their whole hearts, but who can also sing in cynghanedd and are able with words. Gerald's writings bring to life the latter days of the Age of Princes, and this book will appeal to anyone interested in the history and politics of the Wales of his age, but will also provide insights into the Welsh mind of the Middle Ages.


The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, with a tiny amount of wear and creasing in the top right hand corner, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Please note there is an old price printed and a small price sticker, both on the rear side cover