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Preface, in Gerald of Wales, Journey of Wales

Preface, in Gerald of Wales, Journey of Wales

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1235

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Domitian I

Item number: f. 58v

Length: 20.8

Width: 14

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

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.

This page has part of the table of contents and the beginning of the preface. In it Gerald tells of Baldwin's participation.

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