The Manuscripts of Piers Plowman: The B-version

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Boydell & Brewer, Jan 1, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 339 pages
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The B-version of Piers Plowman, probably the only version authorised by Langland, is the one most frequently read today, and the most influential form of the poem. This catalogue of the 18 extant manuscripts, now located in Cambridge, London,Oxford, Tokyo, and San Marino, California, offers both individual manuscript descriptions and a record of the annotations. The new and detailed codicological descriptions include information on provenance and ownership; a full list of the contents; and a description of the physical make-up and the presentation of each manuscript. The substantial first full account of the various textual annotations in each manuscript (whether produced by the original scribes or later readers) provides the best record available of how Piers Plowman was understood by its earliest audience.Professor C. DAVID BENSON teaches in the English Department at the University of Connecticut; Dr LYNNE BLANCHFIELDis Associate Lecturer at the Open University.

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Introduction The Annotations to the Manuscripts of the Bversion of Piers Plowman
Manuscript Descriptions by Lynne S Blanchfield
Annotations to Manuscripts Transcriptions by C David Benson
Table of Manuscript Annotations and Analytical Charts
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Cambridge University Library MS Dd i 17 part 3 f

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C. David Benson, professor of English at the University of Connecticut, is the author of "The History of Troy in Middle English Literature".

Dr Lynne Blanchfield is Associate Lecturer at the Open_university.

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