I at and read this in a few hours. Interesting because it is a rare and early eye witness account of Ireland and the inhabitants. I could truly trust the author's - therefore an understanding of the political context and personal motive will provide a useful lens.
Gerald came from an aristocratic family of Norman descent that took part in the invasion of Ireland in the 12C. He subsequently visited there several times and wrote about the history, geography and legends of the island in this book. The legendary element is perhaps the most interesting, such as the belief that barnacle geese grew from rocks in the sea. There's a werewolf story, too.
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