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Geoffrey Chaucer: The Electronic Canterbury Tales

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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 Prioress's Tale

1.  In Middle English

The Words of the Host to the Prioress, the Prioress's Prologue, and the Prioress's Tale at the UVa Electronic Text Center.

Read the Prioress's Prologue and Tale in the context of Fragment VII - Group B2.

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. 

3.  Historical & Cultural Backgrounds

Music figures prominently in the plot of the Physician's Tale.  See Gary Rich's sublime Ars Subtilior. Music of the late Medieval period and the generous list of links there.

4.  Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts

TEAMS Middle English Text Series (Russell Peck, URochester) houses a number of lesser known and hard to find medieval texts in helpful student editions. A generous and fascinating selection not to be missed! Each selection includes a scholarly introduction and full notes. Some of the selections related to the Prioress's Tale include:

"All TEAMS texts are under copyright, whether in hard copy or in electronic form. The on-line texts provided here are meant for individual use only. To download and make multiple copies for course use, you must have permission from the managing editor of Medieval Institute Publications."

Read an associated tale from the Life of William of Norwich (12th century), whose death was also blamed on the "blood libel" legend--the anti-Semitic belief that Jews kidnapped and killed Christian children for illicit purposes.

D. L. Ashliman provides a number of anti-Semitic folktales from around Europe, medieval and modern, on his Anti-Semitic Legends. A number of these are translated from 19th century German sources. You might also like to see the folktales of the Singing Bones, wherein the body parts of murder victims cry out or sing for justice.

Harvard Classics (vol. 40), English Poetry I, From Chaucer to Gray reproduces a number of traditional (and some) medieval ballads, including Hugh of Lincoln

The Oxford Book of Ballads, ed. Arthur Quiller-Couch (1910) includes dozens of traditional (and some medieval) ballads, including some that bear upon themes in the Prioress's Tale:

5.  Online Notes & Commentary

Discussion and links concerning the Prioress'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 Prioress's Tale include:

See a number of related Tales of the Virgin from the 12th and 13th Century (Paul Halsall, IMSB).

Read articles on figures related to the Prioress's Tale from the 1913 ed. of the Catholic Encyclopedia:

  • Holy Innocents / Childermass
  • Hugh of Lincoln
  • William of Norwich

6.  Online Books & Articles

A number of titles from the U of California Press's E-Scholarship initiative deal with anti-Semitism and the legacy of Christian - Jewish (and Muslim) relations in the medieval and early modern period, especially in Spain.  See the following: 

The articles from Cultural Frictions: Medieval Cultural Studies in Post-Modern Contexts Conference Proceedings (27-28 October 1995) are online.  Though not about the Prioress's Tale, the following article deals with some of the same issues of anti-Semitism and violence:

Essays in Medieval Studies features full-text articles from the proceedings of the Illinois Medieval Association, online version edited by Allen J. Frantzen (Loyola - Chicago), including:

7.  Student Projects & Essays

Anniina Jokkinen's strikingly beautiful and highly useful Luminarium includes a substantial list of professional and student essays on a number of medieval authors, and individual pages on, Chaucer, the Gawain Poet, Langland, Margery Kempe, and Julian of Norwich. Jokkinen also compiles a number of resources by Canterbury Tale: The Prioress's Tale

8.  Online Bibliography

9.  Syllabi & Course Descriptions

10.  Images & Multimedia

The Massacre of the Innocents (from Matthew 2) is a subtext of the Prioress's Tale, and images of the Massacre (or Slaughter) of the Innocents are pervasive in medieval culture.  See the following:

11.  Language Helps & Audio Files

Sample audio files (.wav, .au, .aiff) from the Prioress's Tale, recorded at Campion College, University of Regina, 1989, and at the 7th International Congress of the New Chaucer Society, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1990, are available from the Chaucer Studio (Paul Thomas, Brigham Young).

12. Potpourri

New rendition of Chaucer tale stirs debate over
(Jewish Bulletin of Northern California) reports the debate over staging the Prioress's Tale in San Rafael, California, in 1997.

13.  The Next Step

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