Gower Bibliography

Gower's Confessio Amantis and the Penitentials.

Kinneavy, Gerald. "Gower's Confessio Amantis and the Penitentials." Chaucer Review 19 (1984), pp. 144-161. ISSN 0009-2002


Two penitential manuals, Handlyng Synne and Myrc's Instructions for Parish Priests are compared to CA in order "to point out the extensive use of penitential material in the poem--too extensive to be ignored." A didactic reading of the poem permits many of the 'digressions' (like Book VII and the extensive courtly elements) to be seen as parts of a consistent whole, the purpose of which is to show that "proper Christian behavior leads to a reasoned, ordered universe." [PN. Copyright the John Gower Society. JGN 4.2]

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Confessio Amantis

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