Gerald of Wales

Posted on 20 February 2018

Gerald of Wales (c.1146–c.1223) is widely recognised for his innovative ethnographic studies of Ireland and Wales. He was also the author of a range of other works which touched upon many aspects of twelfth-century life, but despite their valuable insights, these works, numbering twenty-three, have previously been vastly understudied.

Now, in a new volume published last month by the University of Wales Press, a collection of essays reassess Gerald’s importance as a Medieval Latin writer by focusing on these lesser-known works and by providing a fuller context for his better-known writings.

Entitled Gerald of Wales: New Perspectives on a Medieval Writer and Critic, this broader view of his corpus brings to light new evidence for the rhetorical strategies that he employed, his political positioning, and his use of source material, in attesting to the breadth and depth of his work.

Edited by A. Joseph McMullen, Assistant Professor in Celtic Studies at Centenary University, and Georgia Henley, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Text Technologies and Digital Humanities at Stanford University, this volume would be of particular interest to students and scholars of Medieval Latin and British history.

For more information about the publication, please visit the University of Wales Press’ Website -

Gerald of Wales: New Perspectives on a Medieval Writer and Critic
University of Wales Press, January 2018
Editors: A. Joseph McMullen and Georgia Henley
PB • 9781786831644 • £29.99
HB • 9781786831637 • £90.00


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