Piers The Ploughman

Paperback | June 30, 1959

byWilliam LanglandTranslated byJ. F. GoodridgeIntroduction byJ. F. Goodridge

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Written by a fourteenth-century cleric, this spiritual allegory explores man in relation to his ultimate destiny against the background of teeming, colorful medieval life.

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The work of an obscure 14th-century cleric, Piers the Ploughman is concerned with the largest of all poetic themes: the meaning of man's life in relation to his ultimate destiny. This spiritual allegory is set against a colourful background of teeming medieval life between the "Tower of Truth" and the "Dungeon of Falsehood." William La...

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Written by a fourteenth-century cleric, this spiritual allegory explores man in relation to his ultimate destiny against the background of teeming, colorful medieval life.

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The work of an obscure fourteenth-century cleric, Piers the Ploughman is concerned with the largest of all poetic themes, the meaning of man's life in relation to his ultimate destiny. This spiritual allegory is set against a colourful background of teeming medieval life between the 'Tower of Truth' and the 'Dungeon of Falsehood'.

Born in about 1332 in Shropshire, the son of a small Oxfordshire landholder, William Langland trained to be a priest but due to the death of his patrons he only took Minor Orders and was unable to advance in the Church. He wandered a good deal in England and lived an unconventional life, constantly writing verse. He died at the end of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.46 × 5.15 × 0.74 inPublished:June 30, 1959Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140440879

ISBN - 13:9780140440874

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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The work of an obscure 14th-century cleric, Piers the Ploughman is concerned with the largest of all poetic themes: the meaning of man's life in relation to his ultimate destiny. This spiritual allegory is set against a colourful background of teeming medieval life between the "Tower of Truth" and the "Dungeon of Falsehood." William Langland may have gone the way, but his unique take on the mind of the time is still sharper and more intriguing than it was ever intended to be.