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Piers Plowman by William Langland: A New Annotated Edition of the C-Text (Uep - Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies)

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William Langland's poem stands at the centre of the study of ideological conflict, social change and religious ideas in the later fourteenth century. It is a poem that vividly encapsulates the great issues and debates of the day and acts as a commentary on cataclysmic events such as the Peasants' Revolt (1381), the condemnation of Wyclif's ideas (1382) and the rise of Lollardy. It is also one of the greatest poems of the English Middle Ages, worth reading beside Dante and Chaucer.The poem has provoked a sophisticated and wide-ranging critical literature. It needs to be read in an edition by an expert conceived with the student-reader in mind. Of the A, B and C versions of the text of Piers Plowman, only a student-geared edition of the B-text exists and that edition is now becoming dated. The C-text, which supersedes B in terms of Langland's poetic career, is also a more complete and carefully structured poem. It needs to be available in an equally readerly edition; this is such an edition. For his new edition of the C-text of Piers Plowman, Derek Pearsall has completely revised the text, added side glosses for the benefit of student readers of the poem (though without sacrificing the glossary), and revised and updated the explanatory notes. The Introduction has also been expanded, revised and reshaped to take account of this. Since the new edition involves a significant reworking of the previous edition and justifies library copy replacement, a hardback library edition will be available for a limited period.

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William Langlands poem Piers Plowman treats several important aspects of late fourteenth-century life: ideological conflict, social upheaval, and the changing role of religious thought. Vividly encapsulating the great debates of the day, it acts as a commentary on such historically significant events and ideas as the Peasants Revolt (1381) and medieval allegory. Its engagement with religion and politics aside, Piers Plowman stands as one of the greatest poems of the English Middle Ages, earning a place next to works by Dante and Chaucer. For this new and fully updated edition, Langland scholar Derek Pearsall has completely revised the C-text (part of an A-B-C textual chronology), adding helpful side-glosses for the student reader, revising and updating the explanatory notes, appending an up-to-date introduction and retaining the full glossary.
 

About the Author

Derek Pearsall is Professor Emeritus of Harvard University and a pre-eminent scholar of Langland and Chaucer; he has published widely on both authors.

Table of Contents

Plowman xi

Introduction 1

Prologue The Fair Field Full of Folk 43

Passus I Holy Church 56

II The Marriage Plans of Meed the Maid 68

III Meed the Maid at Westminster 80

IV Meed the Maid on Trial 102

V The Author's Apologia and the Sermon of Reason 110

VI The Confession of the Sins 121

VII The Shriving of the Folk; Piers Plowman's Guide to Truth 140

VIII The Ploughing of the Half-Acre 156

IX The Pardon Sent from Truth 171

X The Search for Dowel: The Discourse of the Friars, Thought

and Wit 187

XI Learning and Salvation: the Discourse of Study, Clergy

and Rechelesnesse 201

XII The Debate about Salvation continued: Discourse of Rechelesnesse

on Humility and Patient Poverty 216

XIII Rechelesnesse Concludes; the Mirror of Middle-Earth 228

XIV Imaginatif 238

XV The Feast of Patience and the Meeting with Activa Vita 250

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XVI Patience and Liberum Arbitrium 265

XVII Liberum Arbitrium on Charity and the Church 282

XVIII The Tree of Charity and the Meeting with Faith 296

XIX Hope and the Good Samaritan 309

XX The Crucifixion and the Harrowing of Hell 322

XXI The Founding of Holy Church 344

XXII The Coming of Antichrist 363

Textual Variants 379

Reference List 392

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780859897846
Author:
Langland, William
Publisher:
University of Exeter Press
Editor:
Pearsall, Derek
Author:
Pearsall, Derek
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
University of Exeter Press - Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
438
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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William Langlands poem Piers Plowman treats several important aspects of late fourteenth-century life: ideological conflict, social upheaval, and the changing role of religious thought. Vividly encapsulating the great debates of the day, it acts as a commentary on such historically significant events and ideas as the Peasants Revolt (1381) and medieval allegory. Its engagement with religion and politics aside, Piers Plowman stands as one of the greatest poems of the English Middle Ages, earning a place next to works by Dante and Chaucer. For this new and fully updated edition, Langland scholar Derek Pearsall has completely revised the C-text (part of an A-B-C textual chronology), adding helpful side-glosses for the student reader, revising and updating the explanatory notes, appending an up-to-date introduction and retaining the full glossary.
 
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