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Confessio Amantis / Edition 1
     

Confessio Amantis / Edition 1

by John Gower, Russell A. Peck, Russell A. Peck
 

ISBN-10: 0802064388

ISBN-13: 9780802064387

Pub. Date: 06/01/1981

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

Peck concludes his three-volume treatment of Gower's great work by starting with the fifth book, taking the reader in a different direction than expected from the Ovidian tales of Book Four, in which Gower concentrated on the concepts of merely pleasing and being pleased. Book Five contains, instead, commentary on the means and benefits of living a good life. Gower's

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Peck concludes his three-volume treatment of Gower's great work by starting with the fifth book, taking the reader in a different direction than expected from the Ovidian tales of Book Four, in which Gower concentrated on the concepts of merely pleasing and being pleased. Book Five contains, instead, commentary on the means and benefits of living a good life. Gower's treatment of avarice and gluttony in all their forms opens the way to an extended study of the proper education and behavior of kings that is startling in its applicability to today. Peck's careful and comprehensive introduction, annotations, glossary, and references support rather than overshadow Gower's text, as do Galloway's clear and concise translations. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802064387
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press
Publication date:
06/01/1981
Series:
Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching Ser.
Pages:
525
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.05(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Preface Introduction Chronology of Gower's Life and Works Confessio Amantis Prologue i. Incipit ii. The State iii. The Church iv. The Commons v. Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Daniel's Prophecies Fulfilled Division and Evil Example of Arion Book 1: Pride i. On Love ii. Complaint to Cupid and Venus iii. Confessio Amantis, the Lover's Confession iv. Senses of Sight and Sound Tale of Acteon Tale of Medusa Aspidis the Serpent The Sirens v. Hypocrisy Hypocrisy of Lovers Tale of Mundus and Paulina Trojan Horse vi. Disobedience vii. Murmur and Complaint Tale of Florent viii. Presumption Tale of Capaneus Trump of Death Tale of Narcissus ix. Boasting Tale of Albinus and Rosemund x. Vainglory xi. Nebuchadnezzar's Punishment xii. Humility and the Tale of Three Questions Book 8: Lechery i. On Marriage and Incest Examples of Incest ii. Tale of Apollonius of Tyre The Confessor's Final Counsel The Lover's Admission and Request The Confessor's Reply Debate between the Confessor and the Lover The Lover's Poetic Supplication Venus' Reply iii. Old Age Parliament of Exemplary Lovers Cupid Returns Healing Love's Wound Leave-taking of Venus iv. Prayer for England [First Recension: Prayer for Richard] On Kingship Farewell to the Book Farewell to Earthly Love The Colophons Explanatory Notes Textual Notes Bibliography Glossary Reference Index to Volume 1 Illustrations 1. Bodley 902, fol. 8r. Confessio Amantis [The Confession of the Lover] 2. Fairfax 3, fol. 2r. Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the Monster of Time 3. Fairfax 3, fol. 8r. The Confession of the Lover to Genius 4. Bodley 294, fol. 4v. Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the Monster of Time 5. Bodley 294, fol. 9r. The Lover confesses to Genius

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