Shakespeare Birthday Lecture IX: John GowerDate: 14th June (19:00)Price: £10.66 Duration: 1 hour
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Virtual tour: William Shakespeare borrowed Pericles from the poet John Gower 1330-1408 who has a large ornate tomb in Southwark Cathedral which the former visited often. The Bard compensated for his plagiarism by giving Gower a role as Chorus in the play Pericles. Gower was a friend of Geoffrey Chaucer before they fell out over the poet's smutty stories in The Canterbury Tales. 'Old Moral Gower' they called him. He wrote poetry in three languages, English, French and Latin, the only leading literary figure to have done so.