Dedication to Stephen Langton, in Gerald of Wales, Journey of Wales
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
Baldwin, archbishop of Canterbury (1185-1190), was so impressed by the account of Ireland penned by Gerald of Wales that he asked him to write one of Wales. The project developed into a preaching tour conducted by Baldwin and Gerald, bringing in local churchmen along the way, although its ultimate purpose was to drum up Welsh support for Baldwin's upcoming role in the crusade to the Holy Land. Setting out from Hereford, the pair proceeded from New Radnor clockwise around the edge of the country: Hay, Brecon, Abergavenny, Caerleon, Llandaf, Margam Abbey, Llwcher, Cydweli, Carmarthen, St David's, Cardigan, Lampeter, Llanddewi Brefi, Strata Florida, Llanbardan, Tywin, Llanfair, Caernarfon, Bangor, Anglesey, Conwy, Rhuddlan, St Asaph and Basingwerk. Gerald completed his report on Wales in 1191, but he dedicated it to Stephen Langton, who became archbishop in 1207. Baldwin had died under the banner of Richard the Lionheart at Acre in 1190. This copy of the 'Journey' belonged to the treasury of St David's.
The 'Journey' has two prefaces, the first one addresses Stephen Langton and dedicates the book to him. Gerald refers to his collaboration with Baldwin and states that his purpose is to describe the country and "the genius of its inhabitants".