Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Jack Upland, Friar Daw’s Reply, and Upland’s Rejoinderparticipate in the development and transmission of poetic visions, depicting a world in decline in which friars play a central role. Jack Upland, a Wycliffite prose treatise written between 1390 and 1400, attacks friars as vanguards of Antichrist. Friar Daw’s Reply is a point-by-point fraternal response to Jack Upland written in alliterative verse, composed in either 1419 or 1420 and by a member of the London Blackfriars. Upland’s Rejoinder, a verse rebuttal written in the margins of Friar Daw’s Reply, dates to approximately 1450 and was composed by a Lollard sympathizer. Known as the “Upland series,” these poems respond to nearly two centuries of Latin antifraternal writing including the proto-reformation efforts of William of St. Amour, Richard FitzRalph, John Wyclif, while also following in the secular poetic tradition of Chaucer, Langland, and Gower, who wrote against friars and the decay of human society.
Peppers, Bradley, "Wycliffite Influence in an Age of Political and Religious Turmoil: A Reassessment of Jack Upland, Friar Daw's Reply, and Upland's Rejoinder." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2018.