Confessio Amantis, Volume 1


Confessio Amantis, Volume 1

ISBN: 9781580441025


The complete text of John Gower’s poem is a three-volume edition, including all Latin components—with translations—of this bilingual text and extensive glosses, bibliography and explanatory notes. Volume 1 contains the Prologue and Books 1 and 8, in effect the overall structure of Gower’s poem.


Chronology of Gower’s Life and Works

Confessio Amantis

i. Incipit
ii. The State
iii. The Church
iv. The Commons
v. Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream
Daniel’s Prophecies Fulfilled
Division and Evil
Example of Arion

Book 1: Pride
i. On Love
ii. Complaint to Cupid and Venus
iii. Confessio Amantis, the Lover’s Confession
iv. Senses of Sight and Sound
Tale of Acteon
Tale of Medusa
Aspidis the Serpent
The Sirens
v. Hypocrisy
Hypocrisy of Lovers
Tale of Mundus and Paulina
Trojan Horse
vi. Disobedience
vii. Murmur and Complaint
Tale of Florent
viii. Presumption
Tale of Capaneus
Trump of Death
Tale of Narcissus
ix. Boasting
Tale of Albinus and Rosemund
x. Vainglory
xi. Nebuchadnezzar’s Punishment
xii. Humility and the Tale of Three Questions

Book 8: Lechery
i. On Marriage and Incest
Examples of Incest
ii. Tale of Apollonius of Tyre
The Confessor’s Final Counsel
The Lover’s Admission and Request
The Confessor’s Reply
Debate between the Confessor and the Lover
The Lover’s Poetic Supplication
Venus’ Reply
iii. Old Age
Parliament of Exemplary Lovers
Cupid Returns
Healing Love’s Wound
Leave-taking of Venus
iv. Prayer for England [First Recension: Prayer for Richard]
On Kingship
Farewell to the Book
Farewell to Earthly Love

The Colophons
Explanatory Notes
Textual Notes
Reference Index to Volume 1
1. Bodley 902, fol. 8r. Confessio Amantis [The Confession of the Lover]
2. Fairfax 3, fol. 2r. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the Monster of Time
3. Fairfax 3, fol. 8r. The Confession of the Lover to Genius
4. Bodley 294, fol. 4v. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the Monster of Time
5. Bodley 294, fol. 9r. The Lover confesses to Genius

Author Bio(s)

Russell A. Peck is Professor of English at the University of Rochester. He is currently the editor of the Middle English Texts Series.

Andrew Galloway is Professor of English at Cornell University. He specializes in medieval English literature and its contexts, as well as medieval Latin literature.

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