The Lost History of "Piers Plowman": The Earliest Transmission of Langland's Work
Despite the recent outpouring of scholarship on Piers Plowman, Lawrence Warner contends, we know much less about the poem's production, transmission, and readership than one might think. When did William Langland write each of the three versions of the poem, and when did they enter wide circulation? What role did scribes and other agents play in these processes? The Lost History of "Piers Plowman" engages with these questions to bring about a fundamental shift in our understanding of the genesis and development of the Middle English poem.
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Evidence for the Earliest Circulation of A B and C
Chapter 2 Scribal Conflation Convergent Variation and the Invention of Piers Plowman B ...
B Passus 15
Chapter 4 The Ending and End of Piers Plowman B
C Passus 9 and the Creation of Piers Plowman