Kingship & Common Profit in Gower's Confessio Amantis

Kingship & Common Profit in Gower's Confessio Amantis

Kingship & Common Profit in Gower's Confessio Amantis

Kingship & Common Profit in Gower's Confessio Amantis

Synopsis

Confessio Amantis,the principal work in English by John Gower, friend of Chaucer, by whom he was influenced, has always been read as a conventional poem about the seven deadly sins. Here, paying particular attention to the poem's language and style, Peck gives a brilliant new reinterpretation which not only illuminates the poem's elegant beauty but provides a profound moral purpose as well.

Gower's Confessio, according to Peck, is a restatement of late fourteenth-cen tury ideas of good and bad behavior, and is designed to illuminate and re shape the minds and hearts of men.

Peck sees the concepts of "kingship"- the governance of souls as well as king doms- and "common profit"- the mutual enhancement of such king doms- as the poem's unifying ideas. Peck's discussion further shows how the various tales hold together and support the poem's loose plot and the poet's strongly moral intention.

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