William Langland Demographics:
- Name - William Langland.
- Born - ca. 1332 (West Midlands, England).
- Died - ca. 1386
- Nationality - English
- Occupation - Supposed medieval English poet & moralist.
- Moralist of the late 14th century - wrote about the decline in discipline after the Black Death.
- The conjectured author of the 14th-century English dream-vision Piers Plowman.
- Piers the Plowman, full title — The Vision of William concerning Piers the Plowman, together with Vita de Do-wel, Do-bet, et Do-best, secundum Wit et Resoun; usually given in Latin as Visio Willelmi de Petro Plowman, &c
- The attribution of Piers to Langland is principally based upon the evidence of a manuscript held at Trinity College, Dublin.
- This manuscript directly ascribes 'Perys Ploughman' to one 'Willielmi de Langlond', son of 'Stacy de Rokayle.
- Other manuscripts also name the author as 'Robert or William langland', or 'Wilhelmus W.'.
- The Piers Plowman itself, also points towards Langland as the author.
- Langland's authorship is now widely accepted though is not entirely beyond dispute.
- Almost nothing is known of William Langland himself.
- There is alot of possible biographical data in the poem, but it is difficult to know how to assess the details.
- The distinction between allegory and 'real-life' in Piers Plowman is not truly absolute.
- The detailed and sophisticated level of religious knowledge in the poem also does suggest that he had some connection to the church.
Image Credit - by kevinq2000 Piers Plowman Manuscript (cc)
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