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Gerald of Wales : Instruction for a Ruler (De Principis Instructione) - Bilingual (Hardcover)

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Gerald of Wales was an ecclesiastic, a servant and critic of the Angevin kings, and a prolific and vitriolic writer. Born in Pembrokeshire of mixed Norman and Welsh blood in the middle years of the twelfth century, he was appointed archdeacon of Brecon in 1175, but that was the highest office he attained, despite his indefatigable efforts in the years 1198-1203 to become not merely bishop, but archbishop, of St Davids. His death was reported in 1223. His Instruction for a Ruler (De principis instructione) is of interest for three main reasons: it provides a detailed and violently partisan account of the last days of Henry II of England; it is full of miscellaneous but valuable stories and anecdotes (such as the account of the discovery of the tomb of Arthur and Guinevere, and the legend of the destruction of the Picts); and it is a monument to the literary culture of a highly educated writer at the heart of the twelfth-century Renaissance.
Edition: Bilingual
Number of Pages: 801
Genre: History, Religion + Beliefs
Series Title: Oxford Medieval Texts
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Language: English
Street Date: July 24, 2018
TCIN: 51623712
UPC: 9780198738626
Item Number (DPCI): 248-37-1205
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