• Gower and the Peasants' Revolt

    Author(s):
    Ian Cornelius (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Subject(s):
    Ethics, Latin literature, Medieval studies, Reception studies, Social history
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Peasants' Revolt, Gower, 1381, Aeneid
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6478T
    Abstract:
    The Rising of 1381, or Peasants’ Revolt, was the largest popular insurrection in premodern England. Soon afterwards, the London poet John Gower commemorated these events in a Latin poem, in which the rebellion is neutralized by an act of penitential prayer. This article examines the moral and political claims implied in that denouement, situating it within three contrastive fields: the poet’s moral project, his Virgilian intertext, and the practices of moral community employed by the rebels of 1381.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
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