Critics of Piers Plowman have often behaved as if the great fourteenth-century English poem were written by committee, Written Work marks a major shift in orientation by focusing on William Langland instead of Piers Plowman . The five original historicist studies collected here are less concerned with searching for Langland's identity in medieval records than with examining the marks, even scars, left on him by the history he touched. Derek Pearsall studies what Langland knew about London--its geography, economics, ...

Written Work: Langland, Labor, and Authorship 1997, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia

ISBN-13: 9780812233964