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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
the Pilgrim - Narrator & Author
See the famous portrait of Chaucer addressing the court of Richard II from the frontispiece of Troilus and Criseyde in CCCC MS 61 (c. 1399-1413, courtesy of James Simpson, Cambridge).
See Thomas Hoccleve's portrait of Chaucer from the Regiment of Princes (1412) (Larry Benson, Harvard).
See Chaucer's Portrait from the famous Ellesmere manuscript (Ellesmere 26 C 9, Huntington Library, San Marino, California).
1. In Middle English
Prologue at the University of Virginia's Electronic
Text Center (from Robinson 1957).
2. In Modern English Translation
Guilds were an integral part of medieval society, both in towns and in the countryside. Peruse Medieval English Towns, Stephen Alsford's excellent site for more information about all aspects of town culture.
4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts
A number of capsule Chaucer biographies are available online, some more useful than others. The best is the Life of Chaucer at the Harvard Chaucer Page. Others include are listed on the Luminarium Chauce: Additional Sources page.
Read Thomas Hoccleve's (1368–1450?) lament for his literary father in Lament for Chaucer, from The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900, by Arthur Quiller-Couch (1919) at Bartleby.com. Bartleby.com continues to do a great service to the educational community by making available out-of-copyright editions of valuable older scholarly texts.
5. Online Notes & Commentary
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 Chaucer's life and narrative voice include:
6. Online Articles & Books
Chaucer Sourcebook, from the Harvard Chaucer Page, offers a number of classic and professional essays from noted Chaucerians, including:
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
A number of portraits of Chaucer have been recorded:
11. Language Helps & Audio Files
A number of online reference works contain brief articles or overviews of Chaucer's life. These are suitable only for elementary school use or for the casual reader wanting to know the basic contours of Chaucer's life and times. They are not suitable for college level work..
13. The Next Step
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