Vox Clamantis
(Latin, 1379-82)

Vox Clamantis is about 10,000 lines long and consists of seven books. The first book, which was added after the Peasants' Revolt in 1381, gives us an account of the revolt and of political and social chaos in general. Books II-VII attack the sinful life of men and analyses the corruption under the reign of Richard II that had led to the revolt.

After the death of Richard II in 1399, Gower added a sequel to the Vox Clamantis, the Cronica Tripertita, in which he finally condemns the king and sets all his hopes on the new king Henry IV.

For further information cf.:

The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (190721). Volume II. The End of the Middle Ages.
VI. John Gower.
5. The Latin Vox Clamantis.
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