John Gower

John Gower

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. John Gower (c. 1330 - October 1408) was an English poet, a contemporary of William Langland and a personal friend of Geoffrey Chaucer. He is remembered primarily for three major works, the Mirroir de l'Omme, Vox Clamantis, and Confessio Amantis, three long poems written in French, Latin, and English respectively, which are united by common moral and political themes. Few details are known of Gower's early life. He was probably born to an affluent family from Kent (Southeast England), and may have been a landowner. It is thought that he practiced law in or around London. While in London, he became closely associated with the nobility of his day. He was apparently personally acquainted with Richard II: in the prologue of the first edition of the Confessio Amantis, he tells how the king, chancing to meet him on the Thames (probably circa 1385), invited him aboard the royal barge, and that their conversation then resulted in a commission for the work that would become the Confessio Amantis. Later in life his allegiance switched to the side of the future Henry IV, to whom later editions of the Confessio Amantis were dedicated.show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 113g
  • Loc Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134906212
  • 9786134906210