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Geoffrey Chaucer: The Electronic Canterbury Tales

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Web Resources by Tale 

Electronic Canterbury Tales Home Page

Fragment I / Group A
The General Prologue
The Knight's Tale
The Miller's Prologue & Tale
The Reeve's Prologue & Tale
The Cook's Prologue & Tale

Fragment II / Group B1
The Man of Law's Introduction, Prologue, Tale, & Epilogue

Fragment III / Group D
The Wife of Bath's Prologue & Tale
The Friar's Prologue & Tale
The Summoner's Prologue & Tale

Fragment IV / Group E
The Clerk's Prologue & Tale
The Merchant's Prologue, Tale, & Epilogue
Fragment V / Group F
The Squire's Introduction & Tale
The Franklin's Prologue & Tale

Fragment VI / Group C
The Physician's Tale
The Pardoner's Introduction, Prologue, & Tale

Fragment VII / Group B2
The Shipman's Tale
The Prioress's Prologue & Tale
The Prologue & Tale of Sir Thopas
The Tale of Melibee
The Monk's Prologue & Tale
The Nun's Priest's Prologue,
Tale, & Epilogue

Fragment VIII / Group G
The Second Nun's Prologue & Tale
The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue & Tale

Fragment IX / Group H 
The Manciple's Prologue & Tale

Fragment X / Group I
The Parson's Prologue & Tale
The Retraction

The Electronic Canterbury Tales:
Troilus and Criseyde

Additional Pages in The Electronic Canterbury Tales

Chaucer the Narrator - Pilgrim and Author

Chaucer's "Orphan" Pilgrims

The Frame Tale, Later Continuations,& Apocrypha

Troilus and Criseyde

Electronic Chaucer Texts: What's Available Online?

Chaucer in / and Popular Culture

Headings, Organization, & Criteria for Inclusion

ECT Revision History:
What's New?

The Chaucer Pedagogy Documentation Primer

The Chaucer Pedagogy Page

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Complete Online Versions of the Canterbury Tales

The Complete Tales in Middle English at UVa (1510 kb)

Search the UVa Middle English Text Archive

Sinan Kökbugur's hypertext, helpfully glossed Middle English edition at the Librarius Homepage

The Electronic Library Foundation's edition of the Canterbury Tales is available in a variety of formats

The Litrix Reading Room Translation of the Canterbury Tales 

Top 15
Medieval & Chaucer-Related Sites

The Aberdeen On-line Bestiary

Argos: Limited Area Search of the Ancient & Medieval Internet

The Camelot Project

Exploring Ancient World Cultures

Geoffrey Chaucer:  Annotated Guide to Online Resources

Gothic Dreams

The Harvard Chaucer Page

Internet Medieval Sourcebook

The Labyrinth

The Luminarium

The Online Medieval and Classical Library

Project Seafarer /

TEAMS Middle English Text Series

Univ. of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative

Voice of the Shuttle

The Miller's Tale

1.  In Middle English

The Miller's Prologue and Miller's Tale at the UVa Electronic Text Center.

Read the Miller's Tale in the context of Fragment I - Group A.

Read the Miller's Prologue and Tale according to the Hengwrt ms (Hengwrt - Hg), one of the two most important early manuscripts, at the University of Toronto's Representative Poetry On-line site. The Ellesmere manuscript (El) is the other important early edition.

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).

  • Although unsuitable for formal research or college work, the ELF is the best online version for younger readers and those unfamiliar with Middle English. Easily navigable, and the Middle English glosses are very helpful.

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. 

Skip Knox's selection of Canterbury Tales in Modern English (Boise State) includes the Miller's Prologue and Miller's Tale (from an unknown base text).

3.  Historical & Cultural Backgrounds

What kind of economic environment did medieval miller's operate in?  Read Mavis Mate's technical article, "The Rise and Fall of Markets in Southeast England," an e-print of the article published in Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire XXXI, April/avril 1996, pp. 59-86.

4.  Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts

Read about Fabliaux at the Harvard Chaucer Page.

Flatulence figures prominently in the Miller's Tale to the degree that we might consider a "metaphysics of flatulence" in the Middle Ages.  See D.L. Ashliman's listing of tales under Breaking Wind:   Legendary Farts at his Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts page (UPittsburg).

Interestingly, Chaucer's Miller's Tale is one of the earliest sources we have that refers to the great medieval "cycle" plays--the civic drama performed in a number of cities. See European Medieval Drama (Sydney Higgins) for a full set of links to this important medieval literature.

  • In a reference to the Holy Family (Joseph, Mary, and Jesus), the Miller proposes to tell "a legende and a lyf / of a carpenter and of his wyf" (A.3141-42).  Read the York Play of Joseph's Trouble with Mary (York XIII, in Middle English) to see the "problem" when an old man marries a young woman.
  • Nicholas sings the Angelus ad virginum, a reference to the Annunciation (A.3216).  Read the York Annunciation and Visitation Play (York XII) and the Towneley Annunciation (Towneley 10). Both plays in Middle English, from UVa.
  • Absolon "pleyeth Herodes upon a scaffold hye" (A.3384).  Read the Towneley Herod the Great (Towneley 16) and York Play of Herod and the Magi (York XVI) to get a sense of this over-the-top medieval character. Both plays in Middle English, from UVa.

5.  Online Notes & Commentary

Discussion and links concerning the Miller's Prologue and 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   Miller's Tale include:

Dene Scoggins' English 316 site (UT Austin) explores "culture, ideology, and issues of canonicity" in the Canterbury Tales, including a student developed page devoted to the Miller's Tale.

Gerald McDaniel (North Central Texas State) reads the Miller's Tale in Ribaldry as Homily.

Christy Desmet (UGeorgia) briefly points out the importance of the mystery plays to the Miller's Tale in "The Miller's Tale" and Noah's Flood.

6.  Online Articles & Books

A generous new online publishing venture: The University of California E-Scholarship Editions. "University of California Press now offers electronic versions of almost all of its journal titles and over 1400 books online, many of them out of print." E-journals are available to subscriber institutions; 400 full texts, many covering medieval topics, are available to the general public; the rest to members of the UC community.

A selection of Chaucer-related and medieval studies titles from the University of California related to the Miller's Tale include:

R.A. Shoaf's online postprint Dante, Chaucer, and the Currency of the Word devotes Chapter 10 to "Fragment A and the Versions of the Household"

Mari Pakkala-Weckström (U of Helsinki) has written The Discourse of Seduction and Intrigue: Linguistic Strategies in Three Fabliaux in the Canterbury Tales which examines "the different linguistic strategies used by the participants: wives, husbands and lovers with their varying roles" in tales of the Miller, Merchant, and Shipman.

7.  Student Projects & Essays

Cathy Cupitt compares and contrasts the Knight's and Miller's Tales in Laughing at the Carpenter.

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. Jokkinen also compiles a number of resources by Canterbury Tale: The Miller's Tale

8.  Online Bibliography

9.  Syllabi & Course Descriptions

10.  Images & Multimedia

11.  Language Helps & Audio Files

Sample audio files (.wav, .au, .aiff) from the Miller's Tale, recorded at the Tenth International Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Santa Monica College, Beverly Hills, July 1996, are available from the Chaucer Studio (Paul Thomas, Brigham Young).

The Miller's Portrait (2.0 Mb .wav) read by Alfred David (Indiana) at the Norton Anthology of English Literature website.

12. Potpourri

13.  The Next Step

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