This manuscript of 'Piers Plowman' is very badly damaged. Tears and missing portions appear throughout and water damage has made some of the later pages difficult to read. Some decoration can be seen on the partial first pages and the first letter of each passus is raised in gold with coloured inks. Some characters appear in red or blue throughout the text and words and paraphrases in Latin are in red.
Fragmented Manuscript of 'The Vision of Piers Plowman'
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- ReferenceGB 96 SLV/88
- Dates of Creationc1400
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish Latin
- Physical Description1 item Badly damanged with tears and missing portions; some parts difficult to read
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Details of William Langland's life are chiefly supplied from his work The Vision of Piers Plowman. He was born around 1330, probably in Shropshire, and is thought to have been educated in a monastery, possibly at Great Malvern. Piers Plowman was produced in three versions (1362, 1377, and 1392).
Conditions Governing Access
Original manuscript cannot be produced due to conservation requirements. Researchers should use the facsimile copy MSF125
This item is popularly known as the 'Ilchester' manuscript as it was owned by the Earl Ilchester until 1962.
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