William Langland's Vision of Piers Plowman Public Deposited

William Langland's Vision of Piers Plowman

Alternative title
  • Prose Lancelot [fragment]
  • Lancelot-Grail [fragment]
  • Visio Willelmi de Petro Ploughman
  • Piers Plowman
  • William's Vision of Piers Plowman
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 212 ; former shelf mark: Lyon: D.4.1
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Copyright status
Date Created
  • circa 1400
  • IE TCD MS 212, circa 1400, contains what is perhaps the great medieval English poem, William Langland’s ‘Piers Plowman’, an astonishingly rich and searching exploration of what it takes to live rightly in a society corrupt and corrupting. As befits a work of its quality, the poem survives in over fifty manuscripts; this, one of two in Trinity College Dublin’s collection, is especially significant for containing early biographical information about the poet himself.Parchment; two paper flyleaves + 1-89 + one older parchment leaf + two paper endleaves; now foliated 1-90. Two systems of foliation: the one in black ink misses folio 81 and the foliation was corrected in June 1964 in pencil, according to a note on one of the paper endleaves.Written in a practised, even, upright anglicana formata hand with rounded feet. Blackish ink. Some corrections to the text in the scribe’s hand and in one other early hand. No illumination. Rebound by John Exshaw in 1741/1742, but the present binding is modern.[Description provided by Professor John Scattergood].Please see the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library’s catalogue entry for the manuscript here:
Resource type
  • ink
  • colored ink
  • leather
  • parchment (animal material)
  • British
Digital Object Id
  • MS212_001
  • 0139206


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