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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

Troilus and Criseyde

1.  In Middle English

 Barry Windeatt's 1984 edition of Troilus and Criseyde is available from the University of Michigan's Humanities Text Initiative website (but without the critical apparatus). Fully searchable and indexed by book in ten-stanza increments, or the full text in html. Windeatt's edition is also available from the University of Virginia's E-Text Archive.

smttr_bk83A3.gif (843 bytes) Book I  "The double sorwe of Troilus to tellen"
Canticus Troili
smttr_bk83A3.gif (843 bytes) Book II Incipit prohemium secundi libri
Incipit liber secundus
smttr_bk83A3.gif (843 bytes) Book III Incipit prohemium tercii libri
Incipit liber tercius
smttr_bk83A3.gif (843 bytes) Book IV Incipit prohemium quarti libri
Incipit liber quartus
smttr_bk83A3.gif (843 bytes) Book V "Aprochen gan the fatal destyne"
Canticus Troili

Litera Troili

Litera Criseydis

"This litel spot of erthe"

 The venerable W. W. Skeat's 1900 edition of Troilus and Criseyde is available from the Online Medieval & Classical Library (but without the critical apparatus) (Douglas B. Killings, Berkeley). Fully searchable and indexed by book.

Project Gutenberg's Middle English text of Troilus and Criseyde was also prepared by Douglas B. Killings, but lacks line numbers and critical apparatus. Adaptations of Killing's Project Gutenberg text are widely available but these are best avoided in favor of Windeatt, Skeat, and Killing's OMACL version. 

Mark Zimmerman's Encyclopedia Index site offer another version of the Project Gutenberg Troilus and Criseyde text, lightly annotated through hypertextual links from the Encyclopedia of the Self. 

2.  In Modern English Translation

Michael Murphy continues his project to create a reader-friendly Chaucer with his two versions (abbreviated and unabbreviated) of Troilus and Criseyde in modern English.  Read Murphy's Introduction for a discussion of his philosophy of translation.

All of Murphy's texts require Adobe Acrobat Reader, the free .pdf file reader. 

Tony Kline's (no relation to the author of this page) modernized version of Troilus and Criseyde "aims to provide a readable and accessible modernization of the poem while preserving Chaucer's rhymes and diction wherever possible, at the same time eliminating all archaic words which would require marginal notes to explain." In Kline's rendering: 

Kline's text, with a few hypertext notes dealing with historical and cultural figures, is also available for download.  

3.  Historical & Cultural Backgrounds

The Knighthood, Chivalry, & Tournaments Resource Library (Steve Muhlenberger, John Chamberlain, Leslie Lieder, and Brian R. Price) is a veritable cornucopia of digital materials related to all forms of the chivalric life, including resources for re-enactors.

4.  Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts

 Study Guide for Ovid: The Art of Love, with selections from Ovid's Amores and Ars Amatoria by Rolfe Humphries (Paul Brians, Washington State). Ovid deeply influenced Chaucer and other medieval poets, particularly in their views of love relationships.

5.   Online Notes & Commentary

Read John Michael Crafton's review of Helen Ruth Andretta, Chaucer's "Troilus and Criseyde": A Poet's Response to Ockhamism (New York: Peter Lang, 1997) at the Tübingen Review of English Studies website. 

6.  Online Articles

  Read George Saintsbury's essay on Troilus and Criseyde from eighteen volume The Cambridge History of British and American Literature (1907-21).

Essays in Medieval Studies, full-text articles from the proceedings of the Illinois Medieval Association, edited by Allen J. Frantzen (Loyola - Chicago). Articles concerning Troilus and Criseyde include:

John Micheal Crafton reviews Helen Ruth Andretta, Chaucer's "Troilus and Criseyde": A Poet's Response to Ockhamism (New York: Peter Lang, 1997).

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

Mark Allen and John H. Fisher, The Essential Chaucer (London: GK Hall and Mansell, 1987) "is a selective, annotated bibliography of Chaucer studies from 1900-1984" and is a good starting point for work on the Troilus. Here is a deep-linked table of contents of the entries:

9.  Syllabi & Course Descriptions

10.  Images & Multimedia

A small reproduction of the famous image of Chaucer presenting Troilus and Criseyde to the court of Richard II. See another reproduction at Jane Zatta's Chaucer page.

A manuscript page of Troilus and Criseyde (2.22-25, "in forme of speche is chaunge")--Pierpont Morgan Library ms M 817, 17v.

11.  Language Helps & Audio Files

Linda Voigts (UMissouri-Kansas City) reads Book V (lines 1786-1841) of Troilus and Criseyde. 

12. Potpourri

Study Guides

13.  The Next Step

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