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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
of the Host to the Prioress, the Prioress's
Prologue, and the Prioress'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
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
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:
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
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.
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:
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
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).
New rendition of Chaucer tale stirs debate over
13. The Next Step
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