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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
Man of Law's Tale
1. In Middle English
to the Man of Law's Tale, the Man
of Law's Prologue, Man
of Law's Tale, and Man
of Law's Epilogue at the UVa Electronic Text Center
2. In Modern English Translation
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 Man of Law's Introduction, the Prologue to the Man of Law's Tale, and the Man of Law's Tale (from an unknown base text).
3. Historical & Cultural Backgrounds
English Legal History Materials (Robert Palmer, UHouston) contains technical discussion and primary materials in translation for different aspects of the law in medieval England.
4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts
The Man of Law's Introduction begins with an elaborate astronomical calculation, like the General Prologue. See Marianne Hansen's The Planets and Their Children: A Blockbook of Medieval Popular Astrology, a 15th-century astrology text (Cornell).
Volume 33 of the Harvard Classics is devoted to Voyages and Travel: Ancient and Modern.
5. Online Notes & Commentary
Discussion and links concerning the Man of Law's Introduction, Prologue, Tale, and Epilogue 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 Man of Law's Tale include:
6. Online Articles & Books
An Exemplaria e-print by Susan Schibanoff, Worlds Apart: Orientalism, Antifeminism, and Heresy in Chaucer's Man of Law's Tale. Cite as a web document.
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. Jokkinen also compiles a number of resources by Canterbury Tale: The Man of Law's Tale
10. Images & Multimedia
11. Language Helps & Audio Files
Sample audio files (.wav, .au, .aiff) from the Man of Law's Tale, recorded at the University of Adelaide, 1994, and read by Tom Burton, are available from the Chaucer Studio (Paul Thomas, Brigham Young).
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