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Piers Plowman: see Langland, WilliamLangland, William,
c.1332–c.1400, putative author of Piers Plowman. He was born probably at Ledbury near the Welsh marshes and may have gone to school at Great Malvern Priory. Although he took minor orders he never became a priest.
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References in classic literature
Crowley is his preface to Piers Ploughman
, printed in 1550.
In 1362 plums figure in William Langland's Piers Ploughman
. In 1548 William Turner includes them in his Names of Herbes, while in 1629 a healthy 61 varieties are recorded growing across the UK.
The poem of Piers Ploughman
was also the culmination of an independent literary tradition of the West Midlands, a tradition that turned its back on the sophisticated courtly verse of Chaucer and his contemporaries.