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Langland, William: Piers Plowman
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William Langland's life is essentially undocumented aside from first-person material in the different versions of Piers Plowman, all believed to share an author. The name William Langland seems to appear in the B-version: '"I haue lyued in londe", quod I, "my name is Longe Wille"' (B.XV.152). The B-version further informs us that he had a wife, Kytte, and a daughter, Calote, and from the C-version we gather that he had a clerical education, may well have been in minor orders, but was not a beneficed priest or o…

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Roger Ladd, “Langland, William: Piers Plowman”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 23 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_000994>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503



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