For if a man incites himself to drown, and will not restrain himself, it is not the water 's fault. ” ― John Gower, Confessio Amantis
This memoi of poems came up missing and though in themselves they are not dangerous, he was writing couplets about the deaths of English kings, when another couplet about a living king is added the book goes from being an amusing fancy of seduction to treason.
He goes to his friend John Gower and asks him to retrieve the book, which has now surfaced in England, but he leaves out a few details regarding the potential inflammatory nature of the material in the bestselling.
And always have been. ” In the 3rd century John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer were considered the fathers of English poetry on an equal platform.
As the centuries passed Gower ’ s prose was looked on as dull and didactic and his reputation suffered leaving Chaucer ’ s bawdier work reigning supreme over their period.
Gower starts his investigation with Katherine of Swynford who is the wife of John of Gaunt Duke of ancaster.
John Gower has to wade his way through assassins, French agents, butchers, prostitutes, figures at court, and ends up risking more than he could ever imagine when Chaucer first approached him about finding a little book.
Sir John Hawkwood was an English mercenary who worked for the Pope and for many other factions in Italy.
He amassed a fortune in wealth and information.Bruce Holsinger is a medieval scholar at the College of Marylan and has written an entertaining book of the 4th century using the colorful, historical people of the eriod.