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Author Topic: Ploughmen translations.  (Read 5155 times)


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Ploughmen translations.
« on: March 31, 2012, 08:51:50 PM »
Could I have some help with confirmation of a translation please.

My Dad is doing a tapestry version of the ploughmen from the Julius Calendar, style inspired by the Bayeaux tapestry. He would like to put on text from another ploughmen picture he found online.


Is the translation given accurate and out of curiosity does someone know what manuscript it's from?

Many thanks for any help.



  • Ealdormann
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Re: Ploughmen translations.
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2012, 09:55:47 PM »

This does not look like old English to me.
It looks like some-one trying to be 'Olde Worlde'.
It might possibly be a middle English abomination.


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Re: Ploughmen translations.
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2012, 12:16:08 AM »
Yeah, plough is from ON, the English is sulh; the verb is erian.


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Re: Ploughmen translations.
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2012, 01:17:35 AM »

This does not look like old English to me.....................................
According to the following book - which I am strongly inclined to believe - the original illustration is not "Anglo-Saxon" at all but dates from about 1400.

It can be found in Cambridge, Trinity College Manuscript R.3.14, fol. 3v. 
'A manuscript of the A-version of  'Piers Plowman', dating to around 1400.'

The picture on the "Wiki" link is a poor copy of that original with much detail omitted. 

The book containing this information is:-

"Printing the Middle Ages" by Siân Echard
University of Pennsylvania Press 2008
ISBN 978-0-8122-4091-7

The relevant information starts at page 1 in 'Introduction: Plowmen and Pastiches: Representing the Medieval Book'.

Here is the 'Google Books' link if it works:-


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Re: Ploughmen translations.
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2012, 12:02:50 PM »
 :)Thankyou to all, I knew I could count on you guys.

I'd guessed at middle english myself also the artwork didn't feel right to me.

Next question is does anyone know of an ecclesiastic quote refering to ploughing. Does anyone know of one in old english or would anyone like to try a translation of one. There's a long way to go yet but when my Dad finishes the tapestry I'll post pictures.

Thanks again. Wolf.