New Light on Piers Plowman’s Ownership, c. 1450-1600

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This essay offers three new or overlooked identifications of Piers Plowman's owners. First, one Thomas Danet (d. 1483), privy councillor and almoner to King Edward IV, owned British Library MS Add. 35287; second; one Joane Vane, 'some tyme priories of Dartforde in Kent', gifted a 1550 printed copy (now in the Bodleian) to William More, most likely the prominent landowner and administrator who sold to James Burbage the land that would become home to the King's Men theatre company; and third, Archbishop Parker's circle has connections with two manuscripts (Cambridge Trinity College R.3.14 and Cambridge Corpus Christi College 293).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-90
JournalJournal of the Early Book Society
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Piers Plowman
  • Ownership
  • William Langland
  • Archbishop Parker
  • Joane Vane
  • female readers
  • Thomas Danet


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