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William Langland

Birthdate: 1332
Date of death: 1386

William Langland is the presumed author of a work of Middle English alliterative verse generally known as Piers Plowman, an allegory with a complex variety of religious themes. The poem translated the language and concepts of the cloister into symbols and images that could be understood by a layman.

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„I kan noght parfitly my Paternoster as the preest it syngeth,
But I kan rymes of Robyn Hood and Randolf Erl of Chestre.“

—  William Langland, book Piers Plowman

B-text, Passus 5, line 395
This is the earliest known mention of the legend of Robin Hood. No rhymes of Randolf, Earl of Chester have survived.
Piers Plowman

„In preieres and penaunce putten hem manye,
Al for the love of Oure Lord lyveden ful streyte
In hope to have heveneriche blisse“

—  William Langland, book Piers Plowman

In prayers and penance put themselves many
All for the love of Our Lord living full straight
In hope to have heaven-rich bliss
B-Text, Prologue, line 25.
Piers Plowman

„For if hevene be on this erthe, and ese to any soule,
It is in cloistre or in scole.“

—  William Langland, book Piers Plowman

For if heaven be on this earth, and ease to any soul,
It is in cloister or in school
B-text, Passus 10, line 297.
Piers Plowman

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