In the scheme of Confessio
Amantis, not serving Amor--the god of love--is equated with sloth, and the 'Tale of Rosiphelee' illustrates the miraculous power of Love to compel the idle to work his will (lines 1228-35):
Gower's Tale of Constance from the Confessio
Amantis as an exemplum against envy (Book II.
Of the nine works in this volume, the centerpiece is the Confessio
Martin Bucer spoke of the same frustration as lying at the root of the Strasbourg reform, and in the introduction to the Confessio
Tetrapolitana of 1530 he remarked that, had the city not proceeded to bring the church service into conformity with the teachings of the Gospel, a revolution would have occurred in the city.
8) Studies on the sources of the MLT generally agree that Chaucer's tale is a translation and adaptation of this work, with some additional borrowing from Gower's Confessio
Dilexisti multum, o femina; tui fletus tua peccamina diluerunt; illud enim oris confessio
atque illa cordis compunctio meruerunt.
Indeed, the Walloons were always quick to point out that the first Dutch Reformed confession of faith--the Confessio
Belgica--was initially written in French and only later translated into Dutch.
The essays proper are framed by a "prologue" -- an essay on Medieval literary self-consciousness as exemplified in Gower's Confessio
amantis -- and an "epilogue" that discovers some common themes of self-hood and suffering in texts produced by seventeenth-century Quakers and a twentieth-century victim of a Shi'ite militia kidnapping.
This is the best brief study of the Confessio
I have read, with an original reading of the ending as a bonus.
Derek Pearsall describes in detail a manuscript of John Gower's Confessio
, British Library, MS Harley 3490.
Though heralded as a piece of serious academic criticism, the book modulates into a modern Jeremiad, presenting an unstable mixture of analysis, lamentation, exhortation, satire, confessio
n, personal invective, and prophecy, seeking its unity (and appealing to its readership) less through argument than through the voice and personality of its author.
The Production of Copies of the Canterbury Tales and the Confessio
Amantis in the Early Fifteenth Century.