The King oversees the court case of Peace vs. Wrong and also deals with Lady Meed’s misbehavior. The King doesn’t abuse his power—he trusts Conscience and Reason’s input and is committed to keeping them as his advisors for his entire reign. The King represents an ideal ruler who makes thoughtful decisions based on Christian values.
King Quotes in Piers Plowman
The Piers Plowman quotes below are all either spoken by King or refer to King. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the W. W. Nortona & Company edition of Piers Plowman published in 2006.).
Passus III Quotes
She makes men misbehave many score times.
In trust of her treasures she troubles a great many.
…Poisoned popes, impaired Holy Church.
…She’s as common as the cartway to comers and goers,
To monks, to messengers, to leper-men in hedges.
Passus IV Quotes
King Character Timeline in Piers Plowman
The timeline below shows where the character King appears in Piers Plowman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...before them. He warns Conscience of False and Favel’s impure intentions, and Conscience warns the King. The King promises to hang False and his companions for their evil intents and instructs... (full context)
...quests. In addition, meed is helpful for maintaining laws, helping beggars, and preserving peace. The King is thoroughly convinced by Lady Meed’s argument but allows Conscience the chance to respond. (full context)