Geoffrey Chaucer: 
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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


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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.

bltri.gif (843 bytes) Book I  "The double sorwe of Troilus to tellen"
Canticus Troili
bltri.gif (843 bytes) Book II Incipit prohemium secundi libri
Incipit liber secundus
bltri.gif (843 bytes) Book III Incipit prohemium tercii libri
Incipit liber tercius
bltri.gif (843 bytes) Book IV Incipit prohemium quarti libri
Incipit liber quartus
bltri.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." 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).

C. David Benson, "Critic and Poet: What Lydgate and Henryson Did to Chaucer's 'Troilus and Criseyde'," Modern Language Quarterly, 53.1 (March 1992), p. 23-40. 

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 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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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. 

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  • 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
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The Chaucer Pedagogy
Documentation Primer


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Google Library Project)

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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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