Gerald of Wales

4 Oct, 2012 940 History of Europe

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the medieval scholar Gerald of Wales. Born around the middle of the twelfth century, Gerald was a cleric and courtier. For much of his life he was close to Henry II and the Church hierarchy, and wrote accounts of official journeys he made around Wales and Ireland in their service. Both Anglo-Norman and Welsh by parentage, he had a unique perspective on the political strife of his age. Gerald’s Journey Around Wales and Description of Ireland are among the most colourful and informative chronicles of the Middle Ages, and had a powerful influence on later historians.

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  • Henrietta Leyser 5 episodes
    Emeritus Fellow of St Peter's College, University of Oxford
  • Michelle Brown 3 episodes
    Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • Huw Pryce 2 episodes
    Professor of Welsh History at Bangor University

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