Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Editing Piers Plowman

Editing Piers Plowman
The Evolution of the Text

$165.00 (C)

Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

  • Date Published: September 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521342506

$ 165.00 (C)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • The fifty-plus manuscripts of Piers Plowman have always posed a puzzle to scholars. This book is an account of the editions of the poem that have appeared since 1550, when it was first published by the protestant reformer Robert Crowley. It examines the circumstances in which the editions were produced, the lives and intellectual motivations of the editors, and the relationship between one edition and the next. It uses a wide range of published and unpublished material to shed light on attempts to crack one of the major editorial conundrums in medieval studies.

    • Discusses the difficulties of editing a major medieval text, giving an account of the lives and intellectual motivations of its editors
    • Explains why the recently identified Z-text of Piers Plowman (a fourth authorial version of the poem) should have lain unnoticed for so long
    • Examines how editorial theories about Piers Plowman have more to do with the editors' circumstances than with the texts of the manuscripts
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "The volume is outstanding for the wealth of evidence Brewer brings to the topic. I find this a penetrating and provocative book. I think Brewer forces into the center of discussion the variety of ways inwhich editors have often forgotten...the varying assumptions that underlie their efforts at retrieving an author's ipsissima verba. Brewer's volume an impressive plea for both editorial conciousness and conscientiousness." Ralph Hanna, Speculum

    "What Brewer demonstrates...are the ways in which general editorial theories are implicated in historical contexts and, more particularly, in which views on the authorship of Piers Plowman and the number and character of its versions are implicated in one another." An Interdisciplinary Annual of Textual Studies

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521342506
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Early Phase:
    1. Crowley
    2. Percy, Warton, Tyrwhitt, Ritson
    3. Whitaker and Price
    4. Wright
    Part II. The Late Nineteenth Century:
    5. The early English text society and its editorial context
    6. Skeat: Introduction
    7. Skeat's A-Text
    8. Skeat's B-Text
    9. Skeat's C-Text
    Part III. The Skeat Aftermath:
    10. Manly versus Chambers and Grattan
    11. Excursus: Westcott and Hort
    Part IV. Chambers Grattan, Knott and Fowler:
    12. Chambers 1909–10
    13. Chambers versus Knott
    14. Chambers' graduate students
    15. Chambers 1931
    16. Chambers 1935–42
    17. The Chambers and Grattan collations
    18. Grattan and Kane
    19. Knott and Fowler, Donaldson, Mitchell and Russell
    Part V. The Athlone Press Edition:
    20. The Athlone A-Text
    21. The Athlone B-Text
    Part VI. Epilogue: The Athlone Aftermath: Schmidt, Pearsall, Rigg-Brewer, et al.

  • Author

    Charlotte Brewer, University of Oxford

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.