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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
1. In Middle English
Prologue and Parson's
Tale 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.
3. Historical & Cultural Backgrounds
The followers of John Wycliffe, called Lollards, were an important group during the later 14th century and their doctrines seem to have some intersection with Chaucer's Parson.
The New Advent Catholic Website hosts a number of important resources, especially the online Catholic Encyclopedia (1913 ed.) and its thousands of entries. Although reflecting an earlier period of scholarship, entries relevant to the Parson's Tale include:
4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts
The Parson's brother, the Plowman (see General Prologue) would have been affected by the 1349 Ordinance of Laborers and the 1351 Statute of Laborers, designed to regulate wages and labor after the first wave of the Black Death in 1348.
5. Online Notes & Commentary
L. Kip Wheeler offers a nice overview of The Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Holy Virtues (Carson Newman College. The ParT is organized around the Seven Deadly Sins.
Discussion and links concerning the Parson's Prologue and Tale (link not active) 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 Parson's Tale include:
6. Online Essays & Books
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 Parson's Tale
In the Man of Law's endlink, the Host accuses the Parson of being a "lollar" and Derrick Pitard's Lollard Society Homepage offers a number of interesting links to resources related to this late-medieval social and religious movement. See especially:
10. Images & Multimedia
11. Language Helps & Audio Files
13. The Next Step
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