International John Gower Society

The John Gower Society (JGS) is dedicated to the study of the 14th-century poet John Gower. The Society promotes and encourages this study in several ways:

  • by disseminating and supporting scholarship related to John Gower;
  • by promoting the teaching of John Gower;
  • by organizing and publicizing events related to the study and teaching of Gower’s works;
  • by publicly recognizing, through the annual John Hurt Fisher Award, “significant contributions to the field of John Gower studies.”


“The Medieval Poet and the Mystery of His Moving Tomb”
A talk by Martha Carlin at Southwark  Cathedral, Sat. 23 July, 2022


V International Gower Congress

2023 University of St. Andrews, Scotland


2017 Gower IV Congress, Durham, England

A full session

2017 Gower IV Congress, Durham, England

Golfing Gowerians

2017 Gower IV Congress, Durham, England

Gowerians at the Gardens

2017 Gower IV Congress, Durham, England

Where do Gowerians go post-Congress? Why the Bodleian of course!

William Caxton’s 1483 edition of John Gower’s Confessio Amantis
UNC-Chapel Hill Incunabula 532.5, fol. 7r
Permission courtesy of Rare Book Collection
Wilson Special Collections Library

The Online Gower Bibliography

The John Gower Bibliography Online (JGBO) is a joint effort of the John Gower Society and The University of Texas at San Antonio Library.

The John Gower Society hosts manuscript and early book images, original scholarship, and other materials related to the study and teaching of Gower’s works and his influence.

Teaching Gower In a Medieval Survey Class: Manuscript Culture and Prologues in Gower and Chaucer

Malte Urban, Aberystwyth University The following materials were presented and discussed at the 2019 International...

John Gower’s Traitié

John Gower's Traitié (Traitié Selonc Les Auctours Pour Essampler Les Amantz Marietz) Edited and Translated by Peter...

Dream of Nebuchadnezzar and Confession Miniatures in Gower’s Confessio Amantis

by Joyce Coleman The following chart and accompanying excel file reflects a compilation of known Dream of...

Publications of the John Gower Society

About the Series This series aims to provide a forum for critical studies of the poetry of John Gower and its...

A Listing of the Rhymes in Gower’s Confessio Amantis

by Gyöngyi Werthmüller The following is a computer-generated listing of all the rhymes in Gower's Confessio Amantis....

MS Add 59495: The Trentham Manuscript

British Library MS Additional 59495, known to early editors and modern Gower scholars alike as the Trentham...

John Gower’s Cinkante Balades

John Gower's Cinkante Balades Edited and Translated by Peter NicholsonFrom the Introduction: "Together with his own...

John Gower’s Transformation of the Tale of Constance from Nicholas Trevet’s Of the Noble Lady Constance

Edited by Peter G. Beidler, Lehigh University Download PDF of the Project Introduction: Peter G. Beidler My dozen...

UNC-CH RBC Incunabula 532.5: A Caxton Confessio

UNC-CH Catalogue Entry: Published:  Westminster, William Caxton, 2 Sept. 1493 [i.e. 1483] Description: [9], 2-ccxi...

Online Gower Manuscripts

Gower Manuscripts Hosted by the John Gower Society Additional 59495 (aka the Trentham Manuscript) In Praise of...