[paragraph] The synnes of thi mouth beth [??]ise: Ofte sweryng, forswere, sclaundre
of crist or of any ofhis halowen, nemne his name withoute reuerence, striwyng a[??]ens
' or ill-fame (E 722, 730) of Walter makes his
In Book Two of John Gower's Confessio Amantis, when an envious knight "sclaundre[s]" Constance, the term designates "a false accusation," whereas in Passus XII of William Langland's Piers Plowman, Ymaginatif uses "sclaundre" in the sense of "disgrace." In addition, for the late medieval mystical and pastoral writers, "slander" also denoted "blasphemy," one of the most iniquitous sins of the tongue.
"sclaundre," http://ets.umdl.umich.edu/cgi/m/ mec/.
(43) In the passage below, for example, 'trewe seruauntis' find themselves slandered by 'false mynystris': So whanne wordly wrecchis ful of pride, ypocrisye and couetise, wenne to stoppe most goddis lawe, it schal be knowyn and magnifiyed [...] and al [thorn]e persecucioun, and sclaundre
, pat come[thorn] to goddis trewe seruauntis, schal turne hem to good, as holy writt sei[thorn].
And berfore it es be moste [h]este for zou all fore dred of vengeaunce of God bat ze ceese now forward of zoure sclaundre