William Langland

1332 - 1386

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William Langland (; Latin: Willielmus de Langland; c. 1332 – c. 1386) is the presumed author of a work of Middle English alliterative verse generally known as Piers Plowman, an allegory with a complex variety of religious themes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Langland has received more than 250,958 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). William Langland is the 3,274th most popular writer (down from 3,113th in 2019), the 2,449th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 2,267th in 2019) and the 293rd most popular British Writer.

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  • 23

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  • 3.50

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Among writers, William Langland ranks 3,274 out of 5,794Before him are Jiří Dienstbier, Jean-Christophe Grangé, Boris Polevoy, Angelos Sikelianos, Ahmadou Kourouma, and Ronald Harwood. After him are Sallustius, Philoxenus of Cythera, Kurd Lasswitz, Hans Nielsen Hauge, Jeff Lindsay, and Alf Prøysen.

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Among people born in 1332, William Langland ranks 7Before him are Ibn Khaldun, John V Palaiologos, Charles II of Navarre, Xu Da, Frederick III, Landgrave of Thuringia, and Vladislaus II of Opole.  Among people deceased in 1386, William Langland ranks 6Before him are Charles III of Naples, Leopold III, Duke of Austria, Leonor Teles, Dan I of Wallachia, and Jacopo da Bologna. After him is Euphemia de Ross.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Langland ranks 2,449 out of 6,924Before him are Harold Laski (1893), Ian Stewart (1945), Donald Watson (1910), Steven Knight (1959), Nancy Mitford (1904), and Mary Norton (1903). After him are Luke Howard (1772), Johnny Herbert (1964), Maurice Dobb (1900), George Arnott Walker-Arnott (1799), Ken McArthur (1881), and Miriam Margolyes (1941).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, William Langland ranks 293Before him are William Congreve (1670), Siegfried Sassoon (1886), Leslie Stephen (1832), Gertrude Jekyll (1843), Nancy Mitford (1904), and Mary Norton (1903). After him are David Crystal (1941), John Henry Mackay (1864), Ouida (1839), Eric Ambler (1909), Raphael Holinshed (1529), and Anthony Hope (1863).