Geoffrey Chaucer: 
The Electronic Canterbury Tales

Daniel T. Kline | U of Alaska Anchorage | Dept of English | CV | Pedagogy  


"But now to yow, ye loveres that ben here,  Was Troilus nought in a kankedort?"

Troilus and Criseyde 
2: 1751-52


Electronic Canterbury Tales - Kankedort.Net Index Page

  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

The Electronic Canterbury Tales:

Troilus and Criseyde


An Online Compendium and Companion
to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales


Electronic Chaucer Texts:  
What's Available Online?

The Electronic Library Foundation version of the Canterbury Tales seems now to be offline. I'll check periodically to see if it has been restored.

Caveat Browser! 

The attentive student or reader must carefully evaluate the usefulness of every online source, especially when dealing with Chaucer's primary texts in Middle English and their translations.

1. On the Suitability of Online Texts for Research

In general, since the current academic standard text of Chaucer's works, The Riverside Chaucer (gen. ed. Larry D. Benson [Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1987]), is not widely available online (except for those schools that have purchased a site license), anyone using these online versions need to be aware that they are derived from older critical texts. 

That is, most online texts are the editorial reconstructions of earlier generations of scholars.  Robinson's 1957 and Skeat's 1898-1900 editions both have academic credibility, though newer editions are available in print.  Unattributed or undocumented online editions should be avoided for anything but casual reading.

2.  On the Usability of Online Versions & Translations for Reading

However, these online versions can serve as starting points for serious reading of Chaucer's texts for those who cannot access The Riverside Chaucer.

  • For those coming to Chaucer for the first time, the Librarius edition of the Canterbury Tales is (1) translated, (2) helpfully glossed (that is, the Middle English terms are defined), (3) and available in several formats.
  • The Electronic Library Foundation version of the Canterbury Tales seems now to be offline. I'll check periodically to see if it has been restored.

The University of Virginia and University of Michigan Middle English editions, based on Robinson 1957, should be suitable for undergraduate study, while graduate students and scholars will be satisfied with the current academic standard, The Riverside Chaucer.

3.  On Using This Page

I have compiled a listing here of all online versions of Chaucer's texts and noted their suitability for different levels of study and reading.   If I have missed an online version, please let me know and I'll add it to the list.

4.  Contents of This Page

5.  The Recommended Primary Text List

1.  The Canterbury Tales in Middle English

The Complete Tales in Middle English (Robinson 1957) at the UVa E-Text Center (1320 kb) or access the Tales individually by the Table of Contents

 The Complete Tales in Middle English (Robinson 1957) at the U of Michigan Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse or access the Tales individually by the Table of Contents

2.  The Canterbury Tales 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.

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. 

The Litrix Reading Room translation of the Canterbury Tales features rhyming couplets.

Skip Knox's selection of Canterbury Tales in Modern English (Boise State) includes the Prologue to the Second Nun's Tale and the Second Nun's Tale (from an unknown base text).

3.  Other Online Chaucer Texts, Excluding the Canterbury Tales

Anelida and Arcite

The Boece (Chaucer's Translation of Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy )

  • James J. O'Donnell's Latin edition & commentary on the Consolatio is available at the UVa E-Text Center.

  • W.V. Cooper's translation of The Consolation of Philosophy (London:  J.M. Dent, 1902) is available at the UVa E-Text Center.

The Book of the Duchess

The Legend of Good Women

The House of Fame

The Parliament of Fowles

Troilus and Criseyde

The Short Poems Attributed to Chaucer in the Manuscripts

The Unascribed Short Poems Taken to be Chaucerian

A Treatise on the Astrolabe

  • Access the full text of the Astrolabe (Skeat 1872) at the U of Michigan Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse or access the Table of Contents

The Equatorie of Planets

Google Academic Resources

Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Google Book

Google Custom Search: 

  • The Kankedort Medieval Search Engine

I welcome your suggestions for suitable websites. Please be patient as I tune the search terms. 

The Poor Medieval Scholar's
Electronic Bookshelf


The Electronic Canterbury Tales

This subpage of the Electronic Canterbury Tales offers several features:

  • The Poor Scholar's Electronic Bookshelf: No cost books (generally older studies) available via the Google Books project and other public online projects. 

  • The ECT Bookshop: Scroll down to the Electronic Canterbury Tales Bookshop (with recommended titles) hosted by

  • Online Search Links will take you to major online booksellers and homepages to lesser-known but excellent specialty bookshops.

I'll cross-list the recommended Google Books 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!

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How to Document
Print & Electronic Sources:
The Chaucer Pedagogy
Documentation Primer


The Poor Medieval Scholar's Electronic Bookshelf

(no cost, older academic books, in .pdf form from the 
Google Library Project)

The Electronic Canterbury Tales Bookshop

(recommended books for the study of Chaucer and Late-Medieval England, hosted by

The Kankedort
Gift Shoppe

(with many serious and some silly offerings for the medievalist in your life)

About This Website

ECT Revision History:
What's New?

Headings, Organization, &
Criteria for Inclusion


Additional Chaucer Pages in The Electronic Canterbury Tales

Chaucer the Pilgrim-Narrator & Author

Chaucer's "Orphan" Pilgrims - Those without a Tale

The Frame Tale, Later Continuations,
& Chaucerian Apocrypha

Manuscripts, Printed Editions, & Electronic Texts

Electronic Chaucer Texts:
What's Available Online?

Chaucer in / and Popular Culture

Troilus and Criseyde

Documentation Primer

Chaucer Pedagogy Page

Major Medieval Conferences Websites

International Congress on Medieval Studies (Western Michigan Univ. (Kalamazoo, MI)

International Medieval Congress, Univ. of Leed (Leeds England)


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