'Iohannes Gower, Armiger, Poeta': Records and Memorials of His Life and Death

Author/Editor
Hines, John
Cohen, Nathalie
Roffy, Simon

Title
'Iohannes Gower, Armiger, Poeta': Records and Memorials of His Life and Death

Published
Hines, John and Cohen, Nathalie and Roffy, Simon. "'Iohannes Gower, Armiger, Poeta': Records and Memorials of His Life and Death." In A Companion to Gower. Ed. Echard, Siân. Cambridge: Brewer, 2004, pp. 23-41.

Review
Surveys what can be inferred from Gower's scant life records (mostly on property dealings) and the references in Gower's own poetry; then gives greatest attention to the geography of Southwark during Gower's time (providing some helpful maps), to the layout of the priory church of St. Mary Overie, and to the construction of Gower's tomb, as it appears today and as it was described by 16th century observers. The tomb, they note, "represents a range of facets of a contemporary perception of Gower; several, perhaps all of them, his own model of how he saw himself, or wished to be portrayed" (40). [PN. Copyright. The John Gower Society. JGN 24.1]

Date
2004

Gower Subjects
Biography of Gower