Among the smaller islands there is one of fair size that is now called the Isle of Man… There was a great controversy in antiquity concerning the question: to which of the two countries should the island properly belong? Eventually, however, the matter was settled. All agreed that since it allowed poisonous reptiles to live in it, it should belong to Britain.
The men and women cut their hair close round to the ears and eyes. The women, after the manner of the Parthians, cover their heads with a large white veil, folded together in the form of a crown.
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Nor do I think that any other nation than this of Wales, nor any other language, whatever may hereafter come to pass, shall on the day of severe examination before the Supreme Judge, answer for this corner of the earth.
These people being of a sharp and acute intellect, and gifted with a rich and powerful understanding, excel in whatever studies they pursue, and are more quick and cunning than the other inhabitants of a western clime.
Giraldus Cambrensis was born in Manorbier Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales. He was a Welsh clergyman. He received his initial education at the Benedictine house of Gloucester, followed by a period of study in Paris from c. 1165–74, where he studied the trivium. He was appointed in 1174 archdeacon of Brecon, to which was attached a residence at Llanddew. In 1180, he received a minor appointment from the Bishop of St. David's, which he soon resigned. He wrote several books include: Topographia Hibernica, The history and topograp, The journey through, Giraldi Cambrensis opera, and The Description of Wales.
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