He was probably born into a family which held properties in Kent and Suffolk. In the prologue of the first recension of the Confessio Amantis, he tells how the king, chancing to meet him on the Thames probably circainvited him aboard the royal barge, and that their conversation then resulted in a commission for the work that would become the Confessio Amantis.
The name John Gower, however, is not so recognized although he is a contemporary of Chaucer and highly respected.
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He is working on a book about the politics of an aristocratic household in a wide range of texts circulating between andcovering, for example, Malory, Skelton, Hawes, More, verse romances, and household plays.
Many of the complexities in Confessio are ironed out. Kendall recognises that his approach might seem to simplify what is a very complex work and acknowledges this in his introduction. Nevertheless, Kendall passes rather quickly over the scholarly debates around the structural problems of and contradictions within Confessio, even though, for many literary critics, John gower very problems and contradictions are what make Confessio such an exciting poem.
It is worth also remarking in this context that the Confessio analyzed here is certainly an English poem: Equally seriously, although Kendall does provide an exemplary overview of recent critical literature on Gower in his introduction, he often does not fully acknowledge some key texts that have made possible studies like Lordship and Literature.
The Medieval Uses of Secrecy does not appear in the bibliography. Lordship and Literature is published as an Oxford English Monograph.
Of the recent monographs on medieval English literature published in this series, a substantial number are based on PhD theses submitted to the University of Oxford. Oxford University Press is certainly to be congratulated for its decision to broadcast the research of promising young academics.
Such a pro-active policy of providing a forum for disseminating new work ensures the future of our academic disciplines. However it is striking that, if the books advertised on the jacket of Lordship and Literature are to be taken as indicative of the list as a whole, OUP does not seem to be offering similar publication opportunities to the outstanding doctoral theses of students from outside Oxford.
Given its status an international publisher, OUP would, in this respect seem extremely insular. The limitations of the series are perhaps reflected in the limitations of this volume. This is its key weakness. Its strengths are manifold: I am convinced by many of its arguments, if not by all of its conclusions.
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