Gower Bibliography

Latin Verses by John Gower and 'John of Bridlington' in a Piers Plowman Manuscript (BL Add. 35287)

Warner, Lawrence. "Latin Verses by John Gower and 'John of Bridlington' in a Piers Plowman Manuscript (BL Add. 35287)." Notes and Queries 55 (2008), pp. 127-31. ISSN 0029-3970

Review

Identifies two Latin items on the final verso of BL Add. 35287, a copy of "Piers Plowman" B, as coming from Gower’s "Cronica Tripertite" ("Tristia post leta. post tristia sepe," III.1) and "The Prophecy of John of Bridlington" (it is unclear whether they are in the same hand). The presence of the Gower tag here is particularly remarkable given George Shuffelton’s discovery that the recto of this folio contains another Gowerian Leonine verse, "Explicit iste liber qui obsecro transeat liber," which introduces the closing envoy of the "Confessio Amantis." The relationship between these two tags remains obscure. In any case, this is only the second known medieval reference to the CT apart from (?after) that work's initial copying, the other being two marginal verses added into BL Lansdowne 204, fols 196v, 204r, the sole manuscript of the first recension of Hardyng's "Chronicle" (post 1457). [LW]

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Subjects:Manuscripts and Textual Studies
Cronica Tripertita

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