Texts

Topographia Hiberniae

Gerald of Wales
  • Latin, Cambro-Latin, Anglo-Latin
  • prose
  • Anglo-Latin texts, Cambro-Latin texts
Title
Topographia Hiberniae
also known as Topographia Hibernica
Author
Gerald of WalesGerald of Wales
(c. 1146–1220 x 1223)
Giraldus Cambrensis, Gerald de Barry
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Manuscripts

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Language
  • Latin Cambro-Latin Anglo-Latin
Date
1180s (first and second recensions); revised again in the early 13th century.
Form
prose (primary)

Classification

Anglo-Latin texts Cambro-Latin texts

Sources

Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Dimock, J. F., Giraldi Cambrensis opera, 8 vols, vol. 5: Topographia Hibernica et Expugnatio Hibernica, London, 1867.
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[tr.] O'Meara, John J., Gerald of Wales. The history and topography of Ireland, revised ed., Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1982.
[tr.] O'Meara, John J., The first version of the ‘Topography of Ireland’ by Giraldus Cambrensis, Dundalk: Duldalgan Press, 1951.

Secondary sources (select)

Sharpe, Richard, James P. Carley, Rodney M. Thomson, and Andrew G. Watson, English Benedictine libraries: the shorter catalogues, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 4, London: British Library; British Academy, 1996.  
abstract:

The Benedictine abbeys were renowned for containing the finest libraries of medieval England. Among the 120 documents brought together in this volume, there are a significant number of catalogues from major libraries in every century from the 12th to the 16th, including a unique 15th-century index catalogue, recently identified as coming from St Mary's Abbey, York. The documentary evidence recorded here varies greatly in form, including not only catalogues and inventories but also records of books borrowed, account rolls detailing expenditure on book production, memoranda on the contributions of individual abbots or priors, wills and simple lists of texts seen by visitors to the libraries. This volume encompasses the whole range of Benedictine libraries, including those which best illustrate what was typical of Benedictine learning in medieval England.

788 Notes that John Leland knew of a copy at St Mary‘s Abbey in York.
Lapidge, Michael, and Richard Sharpe, A bibliography of Celtic-Latin literature, 400-1200, Royal Irish Academy Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources, Ancillary Publications 1, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1985.
23 [id. 52.]
Hardy, T. D., Descriptive catalogue of materials relating to the history of Great Britain and Ireland to the end of the reign of Henry VII, vol. 2: From A.D. 1066 to A.D. 1200, London: Longman, Green and Roberts, 1865.
Internet Archive: <link>
[id. 606.]
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen