Gower Bibliography

Augustinian Canons and Their Insular French Books in Medieval England: Towards an Assessment.

Pouzet, Jean-Pascal. "Augustinian Canons and Their Insular French Books in Medieval England: Towards an Assessment." In Language and Culture in Medieval Britain: The French of England c. 1100-c.1500. Ed. Wogan-Browne, Jocelyn and Collette, Carolyn and Kowaleski, Maryanne and Mooney, Linne R and Putter, Ad and Trotter, David. York: York Medieval Press, 2009, pp. 266-77. ISBN 9781903153277


A prolegomenon to a larger study, this essay suggests "the extent to which Insular French books await more systematic investigation, if one attempts to sketch a literary geography of Augustinian agencies" (276). Notably, Pouzet cites the reproduction and dissemination of manuscripts of Langtoft ("regarded as production by a fellow canon") by Yorkshire Augustinian houses along "a route of circulation possibly running east (from Bridlington Priory . . .) to west—and such collaborative dissemination with the order is conceivable for other works as well, in Yorkshire and elsewhere" (276). The possibility has special relevance for Gowerians, as Pouzet remarks: "The situation is further enriched if we consider—in the light of John Gower's association with the Augustinian priory at Southwark—that the whole of the first booklet of London, British Library, MS Harley 3490, the 'Rede/Boarstall' manuscript of the Confessio Amantis, is a fifteenth-century copy of Edmund of Abingdon's Speculum Religiosorum, written by the same scribe as the subsequent Gower article," i.e., BL MS Stowe 951. [RFY. Copyright. The John Gower Society. JGN 29.2]

Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:Biography of Gower
Confessio Amantis
Manuscripts and Textual Studies

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