Medieval Death Trip

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Tag: Gerald of Wales

MDT Ep. 54: Concerning Quicksand, Crusaders, and a Journey Underground

We kick off a miniseries of texts from medieval travelers by continuing with Gerald of Wales as he sets out to tour Wales with Archbishop Baldwin, collecting stories from the region and getting involved in a few escapades of his own.

Today’s Texts:

  • Gerald of Wales. The Itinerary and Description of Wales. Translated by Richard Colt Hoare, introduction by W. Llewelyn Williams, Everyman’s Library, J.M. Dent and Co., 1908. Archive.orghttps://archive.org/details/itinerarythroug00girauoft.
  • Gerald of Wales. The Journey Through Wales and The Description of Ireland. Translated by Lewis Thorpe, Penguin, 2004.

Selected References:

  • Bartlett, Robert. Gerald of Wales: 1146-1223. Clarendon Press, 1982.
  • Coulter, Cornelia C., and F.P. Magoun, Jr. “Giraldus Cambrensis on Indo-Germanic Philology.” Speculum, vol. 1, no. 1, Jan. 1926, pp. 104-109. JSTOR, doi:10.2307/2847347.
  • Sargent, Amelia Lynn Borrego. Visions and Revisions: Gerald of Wales, Authorship, and the Construction of Political, Religious, and Legal Geographies in Twelfth and Thirteenth Century Britain. Disseration, University of California, Berkeley, 2011.
  • Sims-Williams, Patrick. Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature. Oxford UP, 2011.

Image: Footbridge over the River Neath by Cedwyn Davies (used under CC BY-SA 2.0 license).

MDT Ep. 53: Concerning Sucking Up to Patrons

BL Harley MS 4425, f. 47vWe’re back for some late summer episodes with a look at how medieval authors cozied up to potential patrons, with a specific look at Gerald of Wales. Coincidentally, we also announce our Patreon campaign! You can support us at www.patreon.com/mdtpodcast/ and get an audiobook of Jordanus’s Wonders of the East.

Today’s Texts:

Selected References:

  • Gilbert, Creighton E. “What Did the Renaissance Patron Buy?” Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 51, no. 2, Summer 1998, pp. 392-450. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/2901572.
  • Haskins, Charles H. “Henry II as a Patron of Literature.” Essays in Medieval History Presented to Thomas Frederick Trout, edited by A.G. Little and F.M. Powicke, Books for Libraries Press, 1925.
  • Holzknecht, Karl Julius. Literary Patronage in the Middle Ages. Collegiate Press, 1923. Archive.org, https://archive.org/details/literarypatronag00holzuoft.
  • Safner, Ryan. “Do Patronize Me: The Comparative Political Economy of Arts Patronage, Copyright, and Crowdfunding.” 10 Nov. 2015.

Image: Detail from British Library Harley MS 4425, f. 47v.

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