Gower's French Manuscripts.

Bertolet, Craig E.

Gower's French Manuscripts.

Bertolet, Craig E. "Gower's French Manuscripts." ." In Ana Sáez-Hidalgo, Brian Gastle, and R. F. Yeager, eds. The Routledge Research Companion to John Gower (Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. 97-101.

The MO is preserved only in Cambridge University Library Additional MS 3035 [no date proposed], which must have been copied from a witness now lost as it is not a holograph (97-98). Likewise, the CB survives in a sole MS, the trilingual BL Add. 59495, dated 1399 (98). Gower may have personally worked on this MS; if so, he must have had a special purpose for assembling poems in three languages (99). The ballade sequence "Traitié pour essampler les amantz marietz" appears in thirteen MSS, including Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Fairfax 3, the oldest to preserve the CA (99). The intended audience for the "Traitié" remains a subject of debate (99-100). [LBB. Copyright. The John Gower Society. eJGN 37.2.]


Gower Subjects
Manuscripts and Textual Studies
Mirour de l’Omme (Speculum Meditantis)
Cinkante Balades
Traité pour Essampler les Amants Marietz