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'Noght in the Registre of Venus': Gower's English Mirror for Princes.

Manzalaoui, M.A. "'Noght in the Registre of Venus': Gower's English Mirror for Princes." In Medieval Studies for J.A.W. Bennett: Aetatis Suae LXX. Ed. Heyworth, P.L. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981, pp. 159-183. ISBN 019812628X


This investigation into Gower's uses of the Secretum Secretorum in Book 7 of the Confessio Amantis focusses on the education of a royal individual, a ruler, with a wise man at his side as seen in the model of Alexander and Aristotle and as seen in Gower and his patron. This Aristotelian "digression" ("Noght in the Registre of Venus," lines 19-20) is seen as more central to Gower's system of thought than is the rest of the Confessio. Other sources are discussed, but the focus is on the first half of Book 7 and on a Latin text of the Secretum. [Douglas J. McMillan. Copyright the John Gower Society. JGN 2.2]

Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:Sources, Analogues, and Literary Relations
Confessio Amantis

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