Gerald of Wales

Gerald of Wales

Medieval Clergyman and Historian
Born 1146

Gerald of Wales, also known as Gerallt Gymro in Welsh or Giraldus Cambrensis in Latin, archdeacon of Brecon, was a medieval clergyman and chronicler of his times. Born around 1146 at Manorbier Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, he was of mixed Norman and Welsh blood, his name being Gerald de Barri.… Read More

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1146 Birth Born in 1146.


1174 28 Years Old He was appointed in 1174 archdeacon of Brecon, to which was attached a residence at Llanddew. … Read More


1176 30 Years Old Upon the death of his uncle, the Bishop of St David's, in 1176, the chapter nominated Gerald as his successor. … Read More
1180 34 Years Old In 1180, he received a minor appointment from the Bishop of St. David's, which he soon resigned.
1184 38 Years Old Gerald became a royal clerk and chaplain to King Henry II of England in 1184, first acting mediator between the crown and Prince Rhys ap Gruffydd.
1185 39 Years Old He was chosen to accompany one of the king's sons, John, in 1185 on John's first expedition to Ireland. … Read More


1188 42 Years Old Having thus demonstrated his usefulness, Gerald was selected to accompany the Archbishop of Canterbury, Baldwin of Forde, on a tour of Wales in 1188, the object being a recruitment campaign for the Third Crusade. … Read More
1191 45 Years Old As a royal clerk, Gerald observed significant political events at first hand, and was offered appointments as bishoprics of Wexford and Leighlin, and apparently at a little later time the bishopric of Ossory and the archbishopric of Cashel, and later the Welsh Bishopric of Bangor and, in 1191, that of Llandaff. … Read More


Retiring from royal service, he lived in Lincoln from to 1198 where his friend William de Montibus was now chancellor of the Cathedral. … Read More
1202 56 Years Old In 1202, Gerald was accused of stirring up the Welsh to rebellion and was put on trial, but the trial came to nothing in consequence of the absence of the principal judges. After this long struggle, the chapter of St. David's deserted Gerald, and having been obliged to leave Wales, he fled to Rome. The ports had been closed against him so he travelled in secret. In April 1203 Pope Innocent III annulled both elections, and Geoffrey of Henlaw was appointed to the See of St. David's, despite the strenuous exertions of Gerald. … Read More


1206 60 Years Old …  He spent two years (1204–6) in Ireland with his relatives and made a fourth visit to Rome, purely as a pilgrimage, in 1206. … Read More
1223 77 Years Old He died in about 1223 in his 77th year, probably in Hereford and he is, according to some accounts, buried at St David's Cathedral. … Read More
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