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Ax Bx Cx

Overview of the Archive

The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, a collaborative open-access project, presents the rich textual tradition of Piers Plowman, a fourteenth-century allegorical dream vision attributed to William Langland. Three distinct versions of the poem (A, B, and C) survive in more than 50 unique manuscripts, none in Langland’s own hand. The digital format of this project enables instructors, students, and researchers to explore late medieval literary and manuscript culture through the many variations of Piers Plowman.

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  • Robert Adams, Sam Houston State University
  • Patricia R. Bart, Hillsdale College
  • John A. Burrow, The University of Bristol
  • Michael A. Calabrese, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Hoyt N. Duggan, Project Director, University of Virginia
  • M. Gail Duggan, Associate Editor
  • Eric Eliason, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Ralph Hanna, Keble College, Oxford University
  • Simon Horobin, Magdalen College, Oxford University
  • Judith Jefferson, The University of Bristol
  • Eugene Lyman, Independent Scholar
  • Stephen Shepherd, Project Director, Loyola Marymount University
  • Thorlac Turville-Petre, The University of Nottingham
  • Daniel Pitti, University of Virginia
  • Míceál Vaughan, University of Washington
  • Joseph S. Wittig, The University of North Carolina