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Fragment II / Group B1
The Electronic Canterbury Tales:
A number of Chaucer biographies are available
A Collection of E. Talbot Donaldson's most important essays,
Including the essential "Chaucer the Pilgrim."
Donald Howard's is probably the best of the bunch
An Online Compendium and Companion
Chaucer the Pilgrim - Narrator & Chaucer the Author
See the famous portrait of Chaucer addressing the court of Richard II from the frontispiece of Troilus and Criseyde in CCCC MS 61 (c. 1399-1413, courtesy of James Simpson, Cambridge).
See Thomas Hoccleve's portrait of Chaucer from the Regiment of Princes (1412) (Larry Benson, Harvard).
See Chaucer's Portrait from the famous Ellesmere manuscript (Ellesmere 26 C 9, Huntington Library, San Marino, California).
1. In Middle English
Prologue at the University of Virginia's Electronic
Text Center (from Robinson 1957).
2. In Modern English Translation
Guilds were an integral part of medieval society, both in towns and in the countryside. Peruse Medieval English Towns, Stephen Alsford's excellent site for more information about all aspects of town culture.
4. Sources, Analogues, & Related Texts
A number of capsule Chaucer biographies are available online, some more useful than others. The best is the Life of Chaucer at the Harvard Chaucer Page. Others include are listed on the Luminarium Chauce: Additional Sources page.
Read Thomas Hoccleve's (1368–1450?) lament for his literary father in Lament for Chaucer, from The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900, by Arthur Quiller-Couch (1919) at Bartleby.com. Bartleby.com continues to do a great service to the educational community by making available out-of-copyright editions of valuable older scholarly texts.
5. Online Notes & Commentary
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 Chaucer's life and narrative voice include:
6. Online Articles & Books
Chaucer Sourcebook, from the Harvard Chaucer Page, offers a number of classic and professional essays from noted Chaucerians, including:
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.
10. Images & Multimedia
A number of portraits of Chaucer have been recorded:
More images of Chaucer have come online recently:
11. Language Helps & Audio Files
A number of online reference works contain brief articles or overviews of Chaucer's life. These are suitable only for elementary school use or for the casual reader wanting to know the basic contours of Chaucer's life and times. They are not suitable for college level work..
13. The Next Step
Poor Medieval Scholar's
Google Scholar indexes academic material but doesn't yet make all of that material available. In most cases, you'll have to access your own institution's electronic databases and library materials to get the full text versions.
Because it does not make full texts available, at this point Google Scholar is best used as a bibliographical resource.
Google Book Search & Microsoft Live Search
These projects are also showing their growing pains, but they make a number of (primarily) older studies related to Chaucer and medieval literature and culture in full text. You can contribute to the success of this effort by informing Google or Microsoft of any incorrect scans, missing pages, or other errors.
Only out-of-copyright books are available in full and some of the scans are messy. I will cross list the relevant titles at the Electronic Canterbury Tales - Online Books and Essays main page and at the appropriate web page for each Canterbury Tale.
Google Custom Search
You can search for handpicked websites related to Chaucer and medieval culture as recommended by ECT users.
I welcome your suggestions for suitable websites. Please be patient as I tune the search terms.
Additional Chaucer Pages in The Electronic Canterbury Tales
Chaucer the Pilgrim-Narrator & Author
Calls for Papers
Build Your Chaucer & Medieval Studies Library!
For those in the UK?
Daniel T. Kline's
Please be advised that I no longer update most of these pages, so many of the links are likely to be bad,
but will keep them alive in the ongoing battle against "link rot."
Challenge Your Vision of Chaucer with These Critically Acclaimed,
The Miller's Tale, The Wife Of Bath, The Knight's Tale, The Sea Captain's (Shipman's) Tale, The Pardoner's Tale & The Man Of Law's Tale
Excellent for Classroom Use!
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