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Ecce Rex’: <i>Piers Plowman</i> B.19.1–212 and its Contexts

Ecce Rex’: Piers Plowman B.19.1–212 and its Contexts

Analogues for Conscience’s speech on Christ as ‘knight, king, and conqueror’ in PPl B.19 are found in Latin and vernacular sermons for Advent. L also makes use of traditional materials associated with Advent when discussing the theme of kingship in the B and C Prologues. The similarity of the materials upon which they draw suggests the close connection between B.19 and the B and C Prologues in L’s processes of composition and revision and prompts further reflection on the nature of these processes. (SW)