Written in Middle English, this fantastic dream-narrative presents an allegorical satire on the current state of the English realm. These striking verses expose the seven deadly sins to satire and unmerciful pillorying: while denouncing Falsehood and Flattery as causes of much suffering amongst the common, English labouring class: to which Piers (the narrator) himself belongs.
- Can Conscience possibly make herself heard in the courts of the land: where Flattery and Falsehood have already firmly ensconced themselves?
- Can Reason and Peace convince England’s King to stand firm against Wrong? Or will the King be swayed by lucrative donatives to side with his self-interest?
- How certain is Piers that righteous life lived well is of more worth than a Pope’s pardon at the Last Judgement?