Gerald of Wales, The Itinerary of Archbishop Baldwin through Wales

Picture of Gerald of Wales

Gerald of Wales, or Giraldus Cambrensis, was born at Manorbier in Pembrokshire in around 1146. His real name was Gerald de Barri, and he was of mixed Welsh and Norman ancestry. His father, William de Barry, was a leading Welsh nobleman. His uncle was Bishop of St. David's and he received a religious education. He became chaplain to King Henry II of England in 1184. He accompanied Prince John on his expedition to Ireland in 1184, which led to his first book, Topographia Hibernica (1188). In 1188 he accompanied the Archbishop of Canterbury, Baldwin of Exeter, on a tour of Wales recruiting for the Third Crusade, which led to him writing the Itinerarium Cambriae (1191) and the Descriptio Cambriae (1194). He died in about 1223.

The following sections are available:
Book I, Ch. 1: Hereford and Radnor
Book I, Ch. 2: Hay and Brecheinia
Book I, Ch. 3: Ewyas and Llanthoni
Book I, Ch. 4: Coed Grono and Abergevenni
Book I, Ch. 5: Usk and Caerleon
Book I, Ch. 6: Newport and Cardiff
Book I, Ch. 7: South Glamorgan
Book I, Ch. 8: Swansea and Gower
Book I, Ch. 9: Lochor and Kidwelly
Book I, Ch. 10: Carmarthen
Book I, Ch. 11: Haverford West
Book I, Ch. 12: Pembroke
Book I, Ch. 13: Camros and Newgale
Book II: Preface
Book II, Ch. 1: Saint David's
Book II, Ch. 2: Cardigan
Book II, Ch. 3: Lampeter
Book II, Ch. 4: Strata Florida
Book II, Ch. 5: Merioneth
Book II, Ch. 6: Lleyn and Bangor
Book II, Ch. 7: Anglesey
Book II, Ch. 8: Conway
Book II, Ch. 9: Snowdonia
Book II, Ch. 10: Flintshire
Book II, Ch. 11: Chester
Book II, Ch. 12: Oswestry and Shrewsbury
Book II, Ch. 13: Ludlow and Hereford
Book II, Ch. 14: Archbishop Baldwin