Sloth's favourite stories

Sloth's favourite stories

William Langland

early 15th century

Anglo-Irish

Manuscript

In William Langland’s great fourteenth-century dream poem Piers Plowman, the seven deadly sins each confess to the figure of Repentance. Here, Sloth admits enjoying rhymes about Robin Hood and ‘Rendolf erle of Chestre’, but knows very little about Christ or Mary. The artist portrays him half undressed, literally and morally idle; in the text he has ‘two slymy eyes’. Romance and adventure stories were condemned as frivolous by some clerics, but often conveyed religious and ethical lessons.

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30/04/2014

Ronald C. Brush

Are we quite certain this is showing the correct page? Perhaps I am simply in need of rest, but I'm not seeing the relevant material.

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