“Piers Plowman Electronic Archive”

May 2, 2003

The poem was reproduced by scribes & early editors, & the surviving 54 manuscripts are full of errors — some the result of incompetence, others the product of sophisticated re-writing. This electronic edition differs from most printed editions in that it does not suppress editorial disagreement among the manuscripts. It embraces the provisional nature of scholarly editing & proposes a set of solutions to editorial problems without suggesting they will have the final authority. (NEH)

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