Hunger and the Clerical Canine: The Dog as Metaphor in Piers Plowman B

Hunger in Piers Plowman B is a controversial and perplexing figure in passus 6, one that has garnered considerable and remarkably divergent critical attention over the years.

INTERVIEW: A Conversation with SD Sykes about Plague Land

My interview with fiction author, SD Sykes about her fantastic medieval crime novel, Plague Land.

Corruption at Court? Crisis and the theme of Luxuria in England and France, c. 1340-1422

Why was the behaviour of courtiers such a concern in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries? Historians often take contemporary remarks about the excesses of the court and the immorality of its members as simple observations of fact.

Love, Labor, Liturgy: Languages of Service in Late Medieval England

Working with three major Middle English texts – William Langland’s Piers Plowman, Julian of Norwich’s Revelation of Love, and Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde – my thesis argues that the languages of service available to these writers provided them with a rich set of metaphorical tools for expressing the relation between metaphysics and social practice.

The Curse of the Plowman

Among the pilgrims in the Canterbury Tales is only one bona fide peasant — the Plowman, who merits one of Chaucer’s briefest and most idealized portraits and whose tale Chaucer never wrote

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