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Chaucer: The Electronic
Web Resources by Tale
Fragment II / Group B1
Additional Pages in The Electronic Canterbury Tales
Need Teaching Ideas &
Complete Online Versions of the
Second Nun's Tale
1. In Middle English
Read the Second Nun's Prologue and Tale in the context of Fragment VIII - Group G.
2. In Modern English Translation
Scott Gettman's edition of the Canterbury Tales (Electronic Literature Foundation) is accessible by individual tale & available in a variety of formats: Middle English, Modern English, Facing Page, & Interpolated - Glossed (frames; from unknown base text).
The Litrix Reading Room translation of the Canterbury Tales features rhyming couplets.
Sinan Kökbugur's helpfully glossed hypertext Middle English rendition of the complete Canterbury Tales is available at the Librarius page. Use the Table of Contents in the left frame to click on a specific Tale, and difficult terms and phrases are glossed in the lower frame.
3. Historical & Cultural Backgrounds
Chaucer's Second Nun tells the story of a saint's life--St. Cecilia. Stories about saints and other holy people are termed "hagiography." The IMSB has an excellent Saints' Lives page that will give you an excellent starting point for research into this fascinating area of medieval studies.
John Foxe's Book of Martyrs ( Wheaton College, Christian Classics Ethereal Library) dates from the 16th century and harbors a distinctly pro-Protestant perspective, but also includes earlier martyr stories.
The New Advent Catholic Website hosts a number of important resources, especially the online Catholic Encyclopedia (1913 ed.) and its thousands of entries. Entries relevant to the Second Nun's Tale include:
4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts
TEAMS Middle English Text Series (Russell Peck, URochester) houses a number of lesser known and hard to find medieval texts in helpful student editions. A generous and fascinating selection not to be missed! Each selection includes a scholarly introduction and full notes. Some of the selections related to the Second Nun's Tale include:
"All TEAMS texts are under copyright, whether in hard copy or in electronic form. The on-line texts provided here are meant for individual use only. To download and make multiple copies for course use, you must have permission from the managing editor of Medieval Institute Publications."
Read another version of the St. Cecilia legend, this one printed by William Caxton (1483) from an important collection of saints' lives called the Golden Legend.
Other interesting and important female saints' lives include Paul Halsall, (Internet Medieval Sourcebook):
5. Online Notes & Commentary
Discussion and links concerning the Second Nun's Tale on Larry D. Benson's superlative Geoffrey Chaucer Page (Harvard). Includes e-texts of scholarly essays, sources and ancillary texts, and capsule discussions of key issues. Some of the items related to the Second Nun's Tale include:
6. Online Articles
Increase and Multiply in the Speech Acts of Chaucer's Nun's Priest, Second Nun, and Canon's Yeoman (Frederick Martin, Tulane U), from an ongoing e-project melding critical and cultural theory & medieval studies. See Martin's e-dissertation in progress, Pilgrimage in the Age of Schism: Chaucer, Sociological Poetics, and the Canterbury Tales.
7. Student Projects & Essays
Anniina Jokkinen's Essays and Articles on Chaucer includes a number of sample student essays, of varying quality. Like any other source, student essays must be evaluated rigorously, cited correctly, and used responsibly.
10. Images & Multimedia
11. Language Helps & Audio Files
13. The Next Step
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