The Charters of Christ and Piers Plowman: Documenting Salvation

The Charters of Christ and Piers Plowman: Documenting Salvation

by Jill Averil Keen


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The Charters of Christ seek to prove human salvation by closely imitating the form and language of feudal grants of land. Their use of Latin, Middle English, and pictorial elements makes them accessible to a variety of audiences. In Piers Plowman, on the other hand, charters may appear to grant pardon or salvation, but in the end they fail to provide real assurance. The more closely a document follows the letter of the law, the further it is from God’s spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820440064
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2002
Series: Studies in the Humanities Series: Literature - Politics - Society , #42
Pages: 122
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: Jill Averil Keen obtained her M.A. in medieval studies from the University of Toronto and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota. She is an instructor at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota, and a post-doctoral associate at the Center for Medieval Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Table of Contents

1"Pou Wommon Boute Uere"7
2The Charters of Christ27
The Texts27
The Use of Charters30
The Short Charter33
The Long Charter, A-Text38
The Long Charter, B-Text45
3Piers Plowman, Rejected Documents51
The Charter of Favel to Fals53
The Pardon Purchased by Truth60
Royal Pardons64
Truth's Pardon72
4Piers Plowman, Effective Documents75
Spes's Writ76
The Samaritan84
The Christ-Knight86
Peace's Letter90
Piers' Pardon94

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