Cabinet 16: Contested Authorship
This incomplete Middle English translation of Jean de Meuns and Guillame de Lorris Le Roman de la Rose was first attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer by William Thynne in 1532. Existing in a single manuscript, Glasgow Hunterian Library MS Hunter 409, the attribution to Chaucer is uncertain. Of the three existing fragments, the first uses Chaucers language and style and is often accepted as his early work. The second is written in a northern dialect of English and is rejected, and the third part is closer to Chaucers style but is also usually rejected.