Langland, William (1330?-1400?). Visio Willi de Petro Plouhman: item visiones ejusdem de Dowel, Dobet, et Dobest, or the vision of William concerning Peirs Plouhman, and the visions of the same concerning the origin, progress and perfection of the Christian life / ascribed to Robert Langland ... printed from a ms. contemporary with the author, collated with two others of great antiquity, and exhibiting the original text; together with an introductory discourse, a perpetual commentary, annotations, and a glossary. Ed. Thomas Dunham Whitaker. Title page verso: Joseph Harding, Printer, St. John's Square, London. Vol. 2 has special title page: Pierce the Ploughman's crede. London: John Murray, 1813. London: Lackington, Allen, 1814.

William Langland's allegorical poem Piers Plowman (not Robert Langland's, as the title alleges) reflects growing concern about the corruption evident in the late medieval Church and the state of the human soul on earth; it also reflected the political and social concerns of northern England in the fourteenth century in the wake of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381. Thomas Whitaker (1759-1821), topographer, local historian, and vicar of Blackburn, translated the text for to its local interest and for its didactic content. Notre Dame's copy has the ex libris stamp of Digby Nicholl.

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