Chaucer links
last revised March 31,  2006

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There is a full text of The Canterbury tales at the University of Virginia. If reading it is difficult for you, you will find a hypertext version with modern English equivalents of difficult words at Librarius.

Equally important or more so, the Electronic Canterbury Tales by Daniel T. Kline in Alaska.

Michael Murphy's 'modern-spelling' versions of The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Crisseyde (as well as Henryson's Testament of Cresseid

Edwin Duncan has put online "The General Prologue - An Electronic Edition," with versions for Netscape and for Internet Explorer. Quite wonderful.

A modern English version in rhyming couplets (so not very precise as translation) is at Litrix.

You can hear the Middle English text of the General Prologue being read, too, thanks to Jane Zatta.

Less scholarly, more fun, you may watch an animated version of the Nun's Priest's Tale by the BBC (video versions are available).

Complete digital images of dozens of early printed books are freely available in Early English Books Online including the complete 1532 "Works of Geoffrey Chaucer". You have to register (free) and get the necessary plugin (free).

Full digital facsimiles of the two editions (1476 and 1483) of Caxton's Canterbury Tales at the British Library that can be read either singly or at the same time in two separate frames (click texts, then click on the right-hand side's 'go' then click on each of the side-by-side pages).

Other Resources

The most important resource for Chaucerian materials online is the Chaucer MetaPage under the guidance of a variety of the best online Chaucer masters.

Very well organized and extremely helpful, pages of Chaucer resources by David Wilson- Okamura will help find what you need very quickly. He also offers links to the syllabus for a number of Chaucer courses taught by various scholars.

Especially useful are the Chaucer pages of Jane Zatta with their many important manuscript illustrations and quotations from Chaucer's sources.

The New Chaucer Society's Homepage gives you access to important resources as well as information about the Society, its publications, and the biannual International Conferences. They also offer a very full list of Chaucer texts available online.

The Online Chaucer Bibliography is an essential tool for research. Wonderful.

For information on Chaucer materials published 1900 -1984, see the very well organized Essential Chaucer  an annotated bibliography by Mark Allen and John H. Fisher. Use this, then the Online Chaucer Bibliography for more recently published  materials, to get full bilbiographical information on every topic.

The Chaucer Review is freely available online from 2000 onward.

The Chaucer email discussion list is very active. The complete archive is available for searching on the Web, as is a page allowing you to subscribe (join the List) very easily.

A fascinating series of online Chaucer sources, and much more, is available from Harvard University's Chaucer site.

You should also visit Baragona's Chaucer Home Page, it is the other most widely recognized site.

You can read about The Canterbury Tales Project.(all the manuscripts of all the texts on CD-Rom) on its own home page. You may want to buy a CD-Rom of the Hengwrt Manuscript.

A 2-page Chaucer Glossary (list of unfamiliar words) is available on David Wilson-Okamura's home page in Adobe Acrobat format.

An excellent "historicist" lecture by Lee Patterson on Chaucer in his time,

There are some very helpful things for teachers and students in Daniel D. Kline's Chaucer Pedagogy Page

The BBC has made modernized versions of some of the Canterbury Tales

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