The editors ... call this a `documentary edition.' This is too humble. For Piers Plowman studies, documentation and editing are being transformed, and Langland's work is bound to regain more of its authentic volatile life. Stephen Shepherd, YLS 14 (2000): 207.This CD-ROM, with full color digital facsimiles and documentary texts of London, British Library Additional Manuscript 35287 (M), is the fifth volume of The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, an international collaborative project devoted to electronic publication of all the medieval and renaissance witnesses to William Langland's Piers Plowman. Recognized as one of the central witnesses to the B text, M has the peculiar interest of a very extensive range of contemporary corrections and a mass of nearly contemporary and later annotations. These can only be represented by the combined hypertextual view of the text linked to color digital images. Each facsimile image is hypertextually linked to the edited text which is itself presented in four different views: a diplomatic type-facsimile; a scribal text which includes iconic indications of scribal error; a critical text with lapsus calami corrected; and an AllTags view that shows all of the editorial interventions on one screen.
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Will prove an accessible, comprehensive and flexible tool to Middle English scholars, Those who are coming to Langland's poem in a critical or editorial capacity will in theory have all they are likely to need here. ARCHIVES