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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

Need Teaching Ideas & Resources?
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


Chaucer 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

The General Prologue at the University of Virginia's Electronic Text Center (from Robinson 1957).

The General Prologue at the University of Michigan's Corpus of Middle English Verse and Prose (from Robinson 1957).

2.  In Modern English Translation

3.  Historical & Cultural Backgrounds

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 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.

8.  Online Bibliography

9.  Syllabi & Course Descriptions

10.  Images & Multimedia

A number of portraits of Chaucer have been recorded:

11.  Language Helps & Audio Files

12. Potpourri

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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How to Document
Print & Electronic Sources:
The Chaucer Pedagogy
Documentation Primer