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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Gerald of Wales - A Voice of the Middle Ages
Robert Bartlett
ISBN: 9780752440316 (0752440314)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Hydref 2006
Cyhoeddwr: Tempus Publishing Limited, Stroud
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 198x124 mm, 240 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Archebir yn ôl y galw Ein Pris: £12.99   
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Astudiaeth hynod ddifyr o fywyd hir ac amrywiol un o ffigurau mwyaf diddorol yr Oesoedd Canol, a chymeriad amlochrog iawn; yn ysgolhaig, clerigwr, etifedd dau ddiwylliant gwrthdrawiadol, diplomydd, ac yn bennaf oll yn awdur ac yn 'hunan hyrwyddwr' penigamp. Gwyddys mwy amdano na un cymeriad arall yn Nghymru'r oesodd canol, a dyma a ddarlunir yn y gyfrol hon.

A fascinating study of the long and multifaceted career of one of the most interesting figures of the Middle Ages. He was by turns a scholar, cleric, an heir of two conflicting cultures, diplomat, and an author and unrivalled self-publicist. More is known about him than any other medieval Welsh figure, and he is discussed at length in this volume.
We all know that Gerald accompanied Archbishop Baldwin on a recruiting drive for the crusades, but how many of us know much more about him than that? This book is extremely illuminating about his life and his beliefs, although it is not a conventional biography but, in the words of the author, a biographic study.

Gerald is presented as a highly complex individual. He was a Norman who hoped for promotion in the Church and was prepared to journey to Rome three times in pursuit of the archbishopric he never achieved. But his Welsh bloodline gave him a lineage which included Welsh princes. His attitudes changed to suit the circumstances of his life and it may come as an eye-opener to some readers that he was capable, at times, of being so scathing about Wales and the Welsh.

Mr Bartlett has divided his book into three parts, covering Gerald’s politics and nationality, his interest in the natural and supernatural and in ethnology, the comparative study of peoples. I would recommend that before reading the present volume, readers obtain Charles Kightly’s A Mirror of Medieval Wales published by Cadw in 1988. This is a first class introduction to Gerald’s life and times.

Mr Bartlett’s book makes concentrated reading and is certainly not what we sometimes refer to as popular history. It is a book of great scholarship. (How I wish that the print had been larger. This, however, is a minor quibble.) Highly recommended.

Dewi Roberts

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddio’r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatad Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.

Bywgraffiad Awdur:
Robert Bartlett is professor of Medieval History at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of four other books.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Gerald of Wales, Giraldis Cambrensis, Gerald the Welshman, Gerald the Marcher - his many names reflect the long and multi-faceted career of one of the most fascinating figures of the Middle Ages. Descended from Norman Marcher barons and Welsh princes, Gerald was by turns scholar, churchman and reformer, courtier, diplomat and would-be crusader; Marcher propagandist, agent of English kings, champion of the Welsh church, hunted outlaw and cathedral theologian. He was also a naturalist, gossip and indefatigable traveller, but above all a most prolific writer and a tireless self-publicist. We know more about Gerald than about any other inhabitant of early medieval Wales.
In this fascinating study of Gerald's attitudes and intellectual outlook, Robert Bartlett discusses the delicate political path Gerald had to tread between Norman conquerors, native Celtic society and the English Crown. He analyses Gerald's clear voice in the time in which he lives, and portrays him as a vivid example of the medieval world.
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