Hic loquitur qualiter Valentinianus Imperator, cum ipse octogenarius plures provincias Romano Imperio belliger subiugasset, dixit se super omnia magis gaudere de eo, quod contra suae carnis concupiscenciam victoriam obtinuisset; nam et ipse virgo omnibus diebus vitae suae castissimus permansit.
--John Gower, Confessio Amantis V.6430ff
Here the narrator discusses the Emperor Valentinian.* Although
the emperor conquered more than eighty provinces for the Roman Empire, he said
that of all his accomplishments, the one that he was the most proud of was the
conquest of his own lust. For he remained a chaste virgin for all of the days
of his life.
* probably the emperor Valens instead of Valentinian
Name: John Gower
Date: 1330 – 1408 CE
John Gower was a 14th century
English poet. He was a contemporary and peer of Geoffrey Chaucer; both
authors use overlapping characters and themes. Although his Confessio
Amantis was written in English, the Latin text of this story was taken
from the summaries that the author wrote for each chapter in Latin.