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  1. The Canterbury Tales in Middle English

  2. The Canterbury Tales in Translation

  3. General Historical & Cultural Backgrounds

  4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts

  5. Online Notes & Commentary

  6. Online Articles & Books

  7. Student Projects & Essays

  8. Online Bibliography

  9. Syllabi & Course Descriptions

  10. Images & Multimedia

  11. Audio Files & Language Helps

  12. Potpourri

  13. Additional Resources

  14. Scholar's Dozen

  15. What's New? Recent Additions to the ECT

Web Resources by Tale 

Electronic Canterbury Tales - Kankedort.Net Index 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

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An Online Compendium and Companion
to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

The Poor Medieval Scholar's
Electronic Bookshelf

I saw a specialty t-shirt recently that I really liked. It read: "I study medieval literature because that's where the money is."

Scholars don't make much money, and probably our biggest expense is getting a hold of the books that make our research possible. Google and Microsoft have both recently initiated digitization projects to make out of copyright books more widely available on the web. These volumes are also downloadable (and rather large), usually in .pdf format.

You can certainly do your own searching, but I'll try to do some of the legwork as well, and link to those titles that I think still have critical viability.

I'll also cross-list the recommended Google Books and Microsoft titles on the appropriate webpage throughout the Electronic Canterbury Tales under Online Articles & Books (on the expanded Electronic Canterbury Tales - Kankedort.Net Index Page) and also detail them on the webpages devoted to specific Canterbury Tales or associated pages). 

This will be an ongoing project, so check back periodically for new finds!

Free Books! (sorta)

Selected Titles from the

Google Library Project & Microsoft Live Search

While many of these titles are quite old, don't be fooled--just as many are still cited in the critical literature (especially names like Skeat, Furnivall, Kittredge, Pollard). These studies are also valuable for the way in which they shaped the field of Chaucerian and medieval studies.

The titles I've noted with a are especially noteworthy. I've tried to cull here the most pertinent. The links will take you either to the appropriate Google or MSN webpage, where you can download the entire text as a .pdf file.

If you chose to reference any of these texts, be sure to check the title pages for full documentation information.

PLEASE NOTE that some of the pages on some of the scans are imperfect or the pages out of order, especially (it seems) with the titles digitized by Google. As a service to the online community, conscientious users could inform Google (or Microsoft) when they find imperfections in the scans.

Complete (or near complete) Texts of the Canterbury Tales

  1. Pollard, Alfred W., ed. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. (New York: Macmillan, 1907).

  2. Skeat, W.W, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (Oxford, 1894).

  3. ---, ed. The Eight-text Edition of the Canterbury Tales: The Classification of the Manuscripts and upon the Harleian Manuscript 7334. (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1909).

  4. ---, ed. The Student's Chaucer: Being a Complete Edition of His Works. (Oxford, 1897).

  5. Tyrwitt, Thomas, ed. The Canterbury Tales: A New Edition. Illus. Edward Corbould. (London, 1867).

Manuscripts and Related Studies

  1. Cromie, Henry. Ryme-Index to the Ellesmere Manuscript of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. (London: N. Trübner, 1875).

  2. Furnivall, Frederick J., ed. The Harleian Ms 7334 of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. (London: N. Trubner, 1885).

  3. ---. A Temporary Preface to the Six-text Edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Part I. (London: N. Trubner, 1868).

  4. Koch, John. A Detailed Comparison of the Eight Manuscripts of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. (London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trubner, and Co., 1913).

Canterbury Tales (individual or groups)

  1. Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Clerkes Tale: With Life, Grammar, Notes, and an Etymological Glossary (London, 1888).

  2. Furnivall, Frederick James. A Temporary Preface to the Six-text Edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Part 1 (London, 1868).

  3. Furnivall, Frederick James and R. E. G. Kirk. Analogues of Chaucer's Canterbury Pilgrimage. (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1903).

  4. Ingraham, Andrew, ed. Geoffrey Chaucer's the Prologue to the Book of the Tales of Canterbury. (New York, 1902).

  5. M'Leod, Prologue to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales with Explanatory Notes, a Glossary, and a Life of the Poet. (London, 1871). 

  6. Koch, John. The Chronology of Chaucer's Writing. (London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trubner, and Co., 1913).

  7. Liddell, Mark H. The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, the Knightes Tale, the Nonnes Prestes Tale (New York: Macmillan, 1908).

  8. Pollard, Alfred W., ed. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: The Prologue (New York, 1924).

  9. ---, ed. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: The Squire's Tale.(London: Macmillan, 1921).

  10. Skeat, W.W, ed. The Prioresses Tale, Sire Thopas, the Monkes Tale, the Clerkes Tale, the Squieres Tale. (Oxford, 1880).

  11. ---. The Evolution of the Canterbury Tales.  (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1907).

  12. Thynne, Francis. Animaduersions Uppon . . . Chaucer,, ed. G.H. Kingsley (London, 1865).

Other Chaucer Works

  1. Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A One-text Print of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde from the Campsall Ms. of Mr. Bacon Frank (London, 1888).

  2. ---, Trial-forewords to My "Parallel-text Edition of Chaucer's Minor Poems". (London, 1871). 

  3. Root, Robert K, ed. The Manuscripts of Chaucer's Troilus. (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1914).

General Chaucerian & Medieval Studies

  1. Ellis, Alexander John, et al. On Early English Pronunciation (London, 1869).

  2. Corson, Hiram. Index of Proper Names and Subjects to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1914).

  3. Hamilton, George Livingstone. The Indebtedness of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde to Guido Delle Colonnes Historia Trojana. (New York: Columbia UP, 1903).

  4. Jewett, Sophie. English Literature: Chaucer (London, 1896).

  5. Ker, William Paton. Essays on Medieval Literature (New York, 1905).

  6. Lounsbury, Thomas. Studies in Chaucer: His Life and Writings (New York, 1892).

  7. Morris, Richard, ed. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer [Tyrwhitt] (London, 1851).

  8. Skeat, W.W. The Chaucer Canon, with a Discussion of the Works Associated with the Name of Geoffrey Chaucer. (Oxford, 1900).

  9. ---. Chaucerian and Other Pieces (Oxford, 1897).

  10. ---. The Evolution of the Canterbury Tales.  (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1907).

  11. ---, ed. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (Oxford, 1866). 

  12. ---, ed. Treatise on the Astrolabe (London, 1852).

  13. Snell, Frederick John. The Age of Chaucer, 1346-1400.  (London: G. Bell, 1901).

  14. Spurgeon, Caroline F. E. Five Hundred Years of Chaucer Criticism and Allusion (1357-1900). Part II, sec. i. (London: London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1918).

  15. Sweet, Henry. Second Middle English Primer. (London, 1902).

  16. ten Brink, Bernhard Aegidius Konrad. The Language and Metre of Chaucer.  (New York: Macmillin, 1901).

  17. Ward, H. Snowden. The Canterbury Pilgrimages. (London: Adam and Charles Black, 1904).

  18. Wise, Boyd Ashby. The Influence of Statius Upon Chaucer. (Baltimore: J. H. Furst, 1911).

Other Medieval Authors

  1. Beatty, Arthur. A New Ploughman's Tale: Thomas Hoccleve's Legend of the Virgin and Her Sleeveless Garment. (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1902).

Any work using older studies should be supplemented by the most recent academic work.

I'll also cross-list these titles under Online Articles and Books on the appropriate Canterbury Tale(s) or other webpage within the Electronic Canterbury Tales.

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