Originally published in 1991, Piers Plowman: An Approach to the C-Text studies what might be called the "mindscape" of Piers Plowman. The book argues that the C-text poem is inspired by the writings of the biblical prophets. The book outlines the fourteenth-century background and discusses the idea of prophecy and how the biblical prophets were read, as well as the role of literary models such as Wyclif and Joachim of Fiore. By examining the specific aspects of the poem, the book shows imaginative connections between the poem and the prophets, offering a unique perspective that Langland’s prophetic stance is complementary to other approaches to the poem.
Introduction, S.S. Hussey
1 Some Aspects of the Process of Revision in Piers Plowman, G.H. Russell
2. The Tearing of the Pardon, Rosemary Woolf
3. Justice, Kingship and the Good Life in the Second Part of Piers Plowman, P.M. Kean
4. Words, Works and Will: Theme and Structure in Piers Plowman, J.A. Burrow
5. Conscience: The Frustration of Allegory, Priscilla Jenkins
6. Piers and the Image of God in Man, Barbara Raw
7. The Rôle of the Dreamer in Piers Plowman, David Mills
8. Action and Contemplation in Piers Plowman, T.P. Dunning
9. The Langland Country, R.W.V. Elliott
10. Charity in Piers Plowman, W.O. Evans
11. Satire in Piers Plowman, S.T. Knight
12. Chaucer’s Contemporary, J.A.W. Bennett
The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.