Middle Ages

Download E-books The History and Topography of Ireland PDF

By Gerald of Wales

Gerald of Wales was once one of the such a lot dynamic and engaging churchmen of the 12th century. A member of 1 of the major Norman households fascinated by the invasion of eire, he first visited there in 1183 and later again within the entourage of Henry II. The ensuing Topographia Hiberniae is a rare account of his travels.

Here he describes landscapes, fish, birds and animals; recounts the historical past of Ireland's rulers; and tells fantastical tales of magic wells and lethal whirlpools, unknown creatures and evil spirits. Written from the perspective of an invader and reformer, this paintings has been rightly criticized for its portrait of a primitive land, but it's also essentially the most very important resources for what's recognized of eire in the course of the heart a while.

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Download E-books Regna and Gentes: The Relationship Between Late Antique and Early Medieval Peoples and Kingdoms in the Transformation of the Roman World PDF

Within the study on "The transformation of the Roman world" particularly little recognition has been paid to the transformation of early medieval peoples and the advance in their groups into kingdoms, and we lack a comparative examine in this topic. the purpose of this quantity is, for this reason, to envision the connection among gens and regnum by means of systematically evaluating the "Germanic" and non-Germanic successor states of the Roman Empire, a query that ends up in vital effects in regards to the function of ethnic procedures and of political advancements within the formation of the hot kingdoms.

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