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The Audience of <i>Piers Plowman</i><sup>*</sup>

J.A. Burrow

in Essays on Medieval Literature

Published in print March 1984 | ISBN: 9780198111870
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198111870.003.0006
The Audience of Piers Plowman*

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This chapter discusses the significance of the contemporary audience of Piers Plowman. This poem seemed to gain popularity among some classes of the community during the 14th century that was not normally reached by alliterative poetry. The chapter highlights evidence, including the existing 14th-century manuscripts of the poem, and evidence indicating the types of people who owned and read copies of the poem.

Keywords: Piers Plowman; 14th century; alliterative poetry; manuscripts; poem

Chapter.  5546 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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