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William called Long Will


Bennett, Michael, William called Long Will, Yearbook of Langland Studies, 26 pp. 1-25. ISSN 0890-2917 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1484/J.YLS.1.103202


In July 1385 an indictment was drawn up in King's Bench relating to a homicide by Sir John Holland, Richard II's half brother, aided and abetted by a dozen squires and gentlemen. The informality of the seventh name is difficult to understand unless important people vouched for his identity and deemed the name sufficient. The name was 'Willelmus vocatus Longwyll' or, in a second indictment, 'Willelmus vocatus Longewille'. This essay argues that this man can be identified as the Long Will named as the author of Piers Plowman by early scribes, and now generally known as William Langland.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Middle English literature, Piers Plowman, William Langland
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:British history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding past societies not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bennett, Michael (Professor Michael Bennett)
ID Code:86705
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2013-10-14
Last Modified:2018-02-05
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