Gower Bibliography

Printing the Confessio Amantis: Caxton's Edition in Context.

Driver, Martha W. "Printing the Confessio Amantis: Caxton's Edition in Context." In Re-visioning Gower. Ed. Yeager, R.F.. Charlotte, NC: Pegasus Press, 1998, pp. 269-303.


Driver examines Caxton's 1483 edition of CA with reference to contemporary productions in both MS and print. Her scholarly detective work solves a number of riddles and fills in a number of significant gaps. Her most important conclusion regarding Caxton's Gower is to place it in its political context. She dates the printer's interest in Gower to a period of stability in the 1370's when he enjoyed the favor of those surrounding Edward IV, and his printing of CA to the period of rapidly shifting allegiances in the first year of the reign of Richard III; and she suggests that Caxton's choice of the Lancastrian dedication announces an early adherence to Henry Tudor. [PN. Copyright The John Gower Society. JGN 18.1]

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Confessio Amantis

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