Title Background

Title and Auaunced in <i>Piers Plowman</i> B.11.290.

Title and Auaunced in Piers Plowman B.11.290.

Suggests corrections to the glosses of title and auaunced in B.11.290 and C.13.103 by Schmidt and Pearsall. Title is to be understood here in the sense of “a guarantee of support required (in ordinary cases) by the bishop from a candidate for ordination” (OED, s.v. Title sb., sense 8); auaunced does not mean “promoted to the rank of priest” but refers instead to the fact that a candidate’s guarantee of financial solvency, presented at his ordination, testifies that he has found some kind of preferment or advancement (as in OED, s.v. Advance [v.] sense 10; cf. MED, s.v. auancen 3 [a]).