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The Dedications of Gower's Confessio Amantis

Nicholson, Peter. "The Dedications of Gower's Confessio Amantis." Mediaevalia 10 (1984), pp. 159-80.


The revised passages in the prologue and epilogue to recensions 'two' and 'three' of CA contain no specific evidence of Gower's repudiation of King Richard. There is no good reason why Gower should have become disenchanted with the king in 1392 or 1393, and even less reason why, given his disenchantment, he should have transferred his allegiance to Richard's cousin Henry. The new dedication in the later versions, therefore, was not a political event but simply a natural tribute to a patron; and only after 1399 did CA, like VC, take on the marks of Gower's adherence to the Lancastrians for which the poet is now so well remembered." [PN. Copyright The John Gower Society. JGN 7.2]

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Confessio Amantis

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