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


Site Organization,
and Criteria for Inclusion

Headings and Site Organization

  • To keep the Electronic Canterbury Tales (ECT) website easy to use and helpful to the widest possible audience, I have organized each web page similarly--each dedicated to an individual Canterbury Tale or aspect of the Tales--according to the same structure and set of headings.


  • The Left Frame is a navigation bar where you can easily find each of the Canterbury Tales and each individual web page in the ECT website.  The Left Frame also carries a uniform listing of helpful medieval and Chaucer related websites, including a hyperlinked logo for the Chaucer Metapage.
  • The Right Frame lists the ECT headings and indicates individual with a brief annotation as to the linked site's usefulness.


  • Navigation bars are found at the top and bottom of each page, where you can proceed to the next Canterbury Tale in sequence, return to the ECT Main Page, or link to the Chaucer Pedagogy Page at any time.

Headings and Criteria for Inclusion

Please send me your suggestions for websites I might include or for how I might improve this website.

1.  In Middle English

  • Under this heading are links to online Middle English editions of the particular Canterbury Tale under consideration.
  • Until The Riverside Chaucer (the current academic standard) becomes more widely available, these links are generally from the University of Virginia Electronic Text Archive or the equivalent text at the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative site, each based on Robinson's still serviceable 1957 edition of Chaucer's works.

2.  In Modern English Translation

  • Under this heading are links to online English translations of the particular Canterbury Tale under consideration.
  • There are a number of different versions available, some of the entire Canterbury Tales, others of just a tale or two.
  • Their usefulness depends upon the grade level of the user and the type of research being undertaken.  College level research should engage the Middle English text, while younger readers might profit by reading translations in conjunction with brief selections of the Middle English.

3.  Historical & Cultural Backgrounds

  • Under this heading are found online materials relevant to the medieval context of the particular tale under consideration, especially primary historical documents and other cultural records.
  • Generally, these websites are associated with university programs or individual scholars.

4.  Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts

  • Under this heading are found primarily literary sources and documents.
  • Generally, these websites are also associated with university programs or individual scholars.

5.  Online Notes & Commentary

  • Under this heading are found class and lecture notes from individual (generally college-level) instructors.
  • Of varying quality but generally useful, these notes offer anything from brief insights into Chaucerian material to more developed formal lectures or outlines. 
  • These notes are generally not peer reviewed but represent the individual instructor's opinion.

6.  Online Articles

  • Under this heading are found online articles by professional scholars or advanced graduate students.
  • The hallmark of any source listed in this category is that it has been peer reviewed; that is, it has been screened, refereed, and reviewed by other scholars in the field for academic rigor and quality of argument.
  • These links are generally associated with established or well known academic journals of good repute.

7.  Student Projects & Essays

  • Under this heading are found online student projects of varying types, skill, and grade level.  Generally, these are assignments completed as part of a classroom assignment.
  • They are valuable resources for both students and teachers illustrating the kinds of student work now possible with WWW technology.
  • Like many a Canterbury Tale, these student projects are often exemplary--from sophisticated examples of the high style to, shall we say, the rather churlish or unenviable but nonetheless illustrative.

8.  Online Bibliography

  • This heading is hyperlinked to the ECT Main Page, where several excellent online Chaucer bibliographies are listed.  These bibliographies are designed to take students from the WWW to the library, where the best information is still to be found.
  • When an bibliography tailored to an individual tale has been put online, it will also be listed on the appropriate page. 

9.  Syllabi & Course Descriptions

  • This heading is hyperlinked to the ECT Main Page, where an up to date listing of online college level Chaucer and medieval courses is kept.
  • These syllabi are an important resource for other teachers looking for ideas, inspiration, and practical solutions for designing a Chaucer course.

10.  Images & Multimedia

  • These websites often include images, multimedia, and less than scholarly but often enthusiastic attempts at bringing some aspect of the Middle Ages to life via the WWW.
  • Under this heading will also be included manuscript images, photos and streaming media of historical sites, and other related images.

11.  Language Helps & Audio Files

  • This heading will link to audio files in various formats, as well as more academically inclined language resources on grammar, vocabulary, phonology, morphology, and other language helps.
  • Any study of Chaucer should include some practice in pronouncing the Middle English of Chaucer's time.

12. Potpourri

  • Under this heading are found a number of other kinds of online material related--sometimes just slightly and perhaps even deliberately provocatively--to the Canterbury Tale under consideration.

13.  The Next Step

  • This heading is hyperlinked to a page entitled, Beyond the Chaucer Pedagogy Page.  It gives a number of suggestions--from the academic to the purely personal--for pursuing one's interest in Chaucer and the Middle Ages.

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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