An Electronic Edition of Piers Plowman in Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.31

Project start date: 2006-05 Project end date: 2008-09
The aim of this project is to edit the text of William Langland’s Piers Plowman as it appears in the sixteenth-century MS Cambridge, University Library, MS Gg.4.31, as part of The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive. The Archive has been established with the goals of creating a multi-level, hypertextually linked, textbase of the complete textual tradition, with colour digital facsimiles of every authoritative witness, and of developing a model for computer generated archives of texts transmitted in complex documentary traditions. As with other editions for the Archive, the edition records and annotates all the physical features of the manuscript, including erasures, subpunctions, suspensions and abbreviations, marginal and interlinear additions or corrections to the text, changes in scribal hand or script, as well as contemporary and later glosses. The introduction to the text studies the character and significance of the manuscript, both its record of the text of Piers Plowman and its role in an age of renewed religious controversies. Full analysis of language and dialect is also provided as a contribution to the history of medieval and early modern developments in the language. The information contained in this and other editions will provide a textbase permanently useful to cultural and literary historians, as well as the foundation for all future work on the poem by editors, linguists, palaeographers and codicologists.
Methods usedCategory
Disk publishingData publishing and dissemination
Funding sources: 
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Content types created: 
Still Image/Graphics, Text
Digital resource created:  
We shall produce a CD edition for scholarly study and teaching: The edition will be published on CD ROM. These editions, currently priced at £30, are intended for a diverse readership, including students. Colour electronic facsimiles permit paleographers and other textual scholars to enlarge and enhance discrete items on the page or to subject portions of the text to colour or grey scale analysis. Teachers of paleography and their students can use the colour facsimiles to study scribal patterns of abbreviation and suspensions or to compare different styles and modes of layout and page composition or ornament.
Data Formats created: 
Extensible Markup Language (XML), JPEG File Interchange Format (JPG)
Production of compressed JPEG files from uncompressed TIFF files for web dissemination
Institutions affiliated with this project: 

UK HE institutions involved:
University of Nottingham
UK HE institutions involved:
University of Virginia

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Author(s) of recordThorlac Turville-Petre
TitleAn Electronic Edition of Piers Plowman in Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.31
Record created2008-06-05
Record updated2011-01-25 16:39
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Citation of recordThorlac Turville-Petre: An Electronic Edition of Piers Plowman in Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.31.
created: 2008-06-05, last updated 2011-01-25 16:39