Illustrations of 12th-13thC Irish in Giraldus Cambrensis Mss.

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Topographia Hibernica  (The Topography of Ireland, 1187) & Expugnatio Hibernica (The Conquest of Ireland, 1189) by Giraldus Cambrensis (Gerald of Wales)

Gerald of Wales (b. 1146, d. 1223) composed the Topography of Ireland in between 1186 and 1188, after his travels in Ireland in 1183 and with Prince John in 1185.

Giraldus Cambrensis Ms: National Library of Ireland 700
Topographia Hibernica
One Irish axeman carries another on his back
One Irish axeman slays another
An Irish king bathes in a stew of mare's meat
An Irishman riding a horse
Two Irishmen of Connaught paddling a coracle
Expugnatio Hibernica
Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster
Maurice FitzGerald
A king


Large images of Giraldus Cambrensis Ms: British Library Royal 13 B VIII

A copy from the 3rd quarter of the 13th century:
Giraldus Cambrensis Ms: Bodleian Library Laud Misc. 720, pt.II.
One Irish axeman slays another
An axeman slays a white mare
An Irish king bathes in a stew of mare's meat
Two Irishmen of Connaught paddling a coracle

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