The Itinerary Of Archbishop Baldwin Through Wales By Giraldus Cambrensis








































































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He Praises His Own Unparalleled Generosity In Entertaining The Poor, The Doctors, And The Townsfolk Of Oxford To Banquets On Three Successive Days When He Read His "Topography Of Ireland" Before That University.

As for his learning he records that when his tutors at Paris wished to point out a model scholar they mentioned Giraldus Cambrensis.

He is confident that though his works, being all written in Latin, have not attained any great contemporary popularity, they will make his name and fame secure for ever. The most precious gift he could give to Pope Innocent III., when he was anxious to win his favour, was six volumes of his own works; and when good old Archbishop Baldwin came to preach the Crusade in Wales, Gerald could think of no better present to help beguile the tedium of the journey than his own "Topography of Ireland." He is equally pleased with his own eloquence. When the archbishop had preached, with no effect, for an hour, and exclaimed what a hardhearted people it was, Gerald moved them almost instantly to tears. He records also that John Spang, the Lord Rhys's fool, said to his master at Cardigan, after Gerald had been preaching the Crusade, "You owe a great debt, O Rhys, to your kinsman, the archdeacon, who has taken a hundred or so of your men to serve the Lord; for if he had only spoken in Welsh, you would not have had a soul left." His works are full of appreciations of Gerald's reforming zeal, his administrative energy, his unostentatious and scholarly life.

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