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THE DIGNITY OF LANGLAND'S MEED

Gerald Morgan
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 104, No. 3 (July 2009), pp. 623-639
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25654933
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THE DIGNITY OF LANGLAND'S MEED
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Abstract

This article examines the scholarly practice of referring to Langland's Meed as Lady Meed in defiance of Langland's own practice in all three (or four) versions of Piers Plowman. The representation of Meed as an allegorical personification takes its place as a precise if complex element in a systematic argument about the relation of material and spiritual goods (the subject of the first vision). In this respect Meed is to be contrasted and not identified with the ladies of medieval literary allegories, notably the Beatrice and Matilda of Dante's Commedia and the Lady Holy Church of Piers Plowman itself.

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