They are in sections on language barriers, nasty books: collection procedures, historicizing the archive, and still harping on (readings): patience in Piers Plowman
. His topics include vernacular exegesis in 14th-century England, editing Middle English lyrics: the case of Candet Nudatum Pectus, a 15th-century vernacular miscellany revisited, some Yorkshire scribes and their context, John of Wales and classicizing friars, and Hawkin and Patience's instruction.
After a short introduction, McDermott's book begins by using William Langland's Piers Plowman
as the basis for his chapter explicating 'Topological Theory'.
Karnes examines Bonaventure's meditational works, the Meditationes vitae Christi, the Stimulis amoris, Piers Plowman
, and Nicholas Love's Myrrour, among others, and argues that the cognitive importance that imagination enjoyed in scholastic philosophy informed its importance in medieval meditations on the life of Christ.
The final chapter, to 1965, includes discussion of the origins of his Piers Plowman
Understandably, William Langland's "Vision of Piers Plowman
" assumes a major role, but Rentz also cites practical theology, such as the fourteenth-century poems "Prick of Conscience," the "Lay Folks Mass Book," and Robert Mannyng's "Handlying Synne." These texts have been valuable to art historians who have long noted their correspondence to the transformation of imagery.
In some modest manuscripts, also of vernacular English poems--such as the Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 104 manuscript of Piers Plowman
, (3,) or even Oxford, Corpus Christi College, MS 201 of the same poem, and the Prick of Conscience in Durham, Ushaw College, MS 5 (4)--the scribe appears to have provided the illustrations as well.
Social commentary finds its most celebrated expression in Piers Plowman
, but is also there in proverbial lore and the fables of Henryson, for example, and it can also be traced indirectly in 'folklaw', promises, oaths, and the like, and in social memory--in so far as these things can be traced from the surviving, written evidence.
Katharine Breen, in Chapter 5 ("Reading Step by Step: Pictorial Allegory and Pastoral Care in Piers Plowman
") offers a prolonged meditation on what it means for Langland's poem to be divided into passus (literally, steps).
I nearly went to Leeds University (mainly because Gang of Four and The Mekons had gone there) but their English course was chronological and started with Piers Plowman
, which seemed impossibly hard to understand.
Essay topics include Horace in the medieval classroom, Latin composition lessons and the Piers Plowman
tradition, anima as an alternative to Latin grammar, the aesthetics of renunciation in late medieval culture, public interiorities, agency and the poetics of sensation in Gower's Mirour de l'Omme.
Douce owned, for example, a copy of the C-text of William Langland's allegorical narrative poem Piers Plowman
, in Hiberno-English, which was probably previously owned by Sir James Ley, first Earl of Marlborough (c.
(17) The figure of the ploughman also has a vital role in the complaint tradition as well as a broader history in early English letters, drawing on a Biblical plot that extends to Piers Plowman