Piers Plowman: A New Annotated Edition of the C-Text (Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies 2nd Revised edition)

Piers Plowman: A New Annotated Edition of the C-Text (Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies 2nd Revised edition)

By: William Langland (author), Derek Pearsall (editor)Hardback

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


Preface Abbreviations Select Bibliography of Critical Studies of Piers Plowman Introduction Prologue - The Fair Field Full of Folk I. Holy Church II. The Marriage Plans of Meed the Maid III. Meed the Maid at Westminster IV. Meed the Maid on Trial V. The Author's Apologia and the Sermon of Reason VI. The Confession of the Sins VII. The Shriving of the Folk; Piers Plowman's Guide to Truth VIII. The Ploughing of the Half-Acre IX. The Pardon Sent from Truth X. The Search for Dowel: The Discourse of the Friars, Thought and Wit XI. Learning and Salvation: the Discourse of Study, Clergy and Rechelesnesse XII. The Debate about Salvation continued: Discourse of Rechelesnesse on Humility and Patient Poverty XIII. Rechelesnesse Concludes; the Mirror of Middle-Earth XIV. Imaginatif XV. The Feast of Patience and the Meeting with Activa Vita XVI. Patience and Liberum Arbitrium XVII. Liberum Arbitrium on Charity and the Church XVIII. The Tree of Charity and the Meeting with Faith XIX. Hope and the Good Samaritan XX. The Crucifixion and the Harrowing of Hell XXI. The Founding of Holy Church XXII. The Coming of Antichrist Textual Variants Reference List Glossary

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  • publication date: 01/07/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780859897839
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 438
  • ID: 9780859897839
  • weight: 1021
  • ISBN10: 0859897834
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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