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Fragmented Manuscript of 'The Vision of Piers Plowman'

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 SLV/88
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London - click here to see details of the physical location of collection
Full title: Fragmented Manuscript of 'The Vision of Piers Plowman'
Date(s): c1400
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 1 item
Name of creator(s): Langland | William | [1330-1400] | poet
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Details of William Langland's life are chiefly supplied from his work The Vision of Piers Plowman. He was born around 1330, probably in Shropshire, and is thought to have been educated in a monastery, possibly at Great Malvern. Piers Plowman was produced in three versions (1362, 1377, and 1392).


Scope and content/abstract:

Fragmented manuscript of The Vision of Piers Plowman by William Langland. Some decoration can be seen on the partial first pages and the first letter of each passus is raised in gold with coloured inks. Some characters appear in red or blue throughout the text and words and paraphrases in Latin are in red.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and Latin

System of arrangement:

Single item.

Conditions governing access:

Original manuscript cannot be produced due to conservation requirements. Researchers should use the facsimile copy MSF125.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Imported from the Senate House catalogue and edited by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2009.

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