The king's court is the final element in Gower's analysis of the law in Book VI of the Vox Clamantis prior to the speculum principis that is the book's climax. Having discussed the men of law, judges, sheriffs, jurors, and bailiffs in chapters one through six, the poet now finds fault in chapter seven with the various advisers who surround the king for the purpose of providing him useful counsel in governing the realm. They, too, are found wanting in an analysis of the current situation in England.


My good friend Mark Riley, Professor Emeritus of Classics at California State University, Sacramento, has rendered generous and invaluable advice in my translations and interpretations. Georgiana Donavin and Eve Salisbury edited the text rigorously and the anonymous readers were extremely helpful in their commentary.