Piers Plowman: A Parallel-Text Edition of the A, B, C and Z Versions, William Langland


Piers Plowman: A Parallel-Text Edition of the A, B, C and Z Versions, William Langland

ISBN: 9781580441612


This work—a parallel-text edition that contains all four versions of Piers Plowman—constitutes a major enterprise of textual scholarship and will provide for students of Langland a modern equivalent to Skeat’s standard edition of 1886. This revised and corrected three-volume set is specifically designed to facilitate study of the parallel text (Volume 1) alongside both the textual notes (Volume 2, part 1) and the commentary/glossary (Volume 2, part 2), and is intended to make the entire edition available to as many students of Langland as possible.


Volume I. Text
Second Edition
Editorial Preface to the First Edition of Volume I
Preface to Second Edition
List of Manuscripts
Symbols and Abbreviations used in the Apparatus
Note on Text and Apparatus
Appendix to the Text
Appendices to Apparatus
Volume II, Part 1. Introduction and Textual Notes
Editorial Preface
A. Introduction
I. The Manuscripts of Piers Plowman
II. The Editorial Tradition of Piers Plowman
III. The Text of the A, B, C and Z Versions
IV. Editing the Text
V. The Poem in Time
B. Textual Notes
Volume II, Part 2. Commentary, Bibliography and Indexical Glossary
C. Commentary
D. Bibliography
E. Indexical Glossary
F. Appendices
Appendix I: The Language and Metre of Piers Plowman
Appendix II: The Rubrics of Piers Plowman
Appendix III: Langland’s ‘Repertory’ of Lines and Half-lines

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A. V. C. Schmidt was a Fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford from 1972 until his retirement in 2011, and specializes in Piers Plowman and Chaucer.

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