Jane Zatta's Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales

    This website is a link on the Chaucer Metapage.

Chaucer reading from Troilus and Criseyde

This web page is intended to provide an extra resource for students in Eng 404. You will find a link to the SAC (Studies in the Age of Chaucer) online bibliography of Chaucer studies published from 1975-to the present. This is the best resource to use to find essays about Chaucer and his works, including individual Canterbury Tales. You can find citations for essays on individual tales and pilgrims either by doing a keyword search or a subject search. You will also find links here to three different versions of the Canterbury Tales, one in Middle English with glosses, one in Middle English, and a Modern English translation. In addition there are links to resources on other servers that provide information about Chaucer's literary context as well as the Medieval Sourcebook that has a vast collection of primary sources.

The Chaucer Metapage is a work in progress which links the pages of a number of different Chaucer scholars. The different pages linked by the Metapage provide a wealth of information including bibliographies and secondary sources. In particular, Larry Benson's page provides a brief summary of each tale as well as information about sources and analogues, basic themes, and information about the relevant literary genres for each tale. If you are working on an assignment, that should be one of your first stops.

If you want help on an assignment:
I will not do students' papers for them nor will I respond to inquiries such as "Please send me information on Chaucer's view of women." However, I will respond to questions from serious students as my time permits provided you do the following:

1) Provide me with your complete assignment and all the instructions your teacher has given you, especially regarding the sources you are to use.
2) Tell me what you have already done. At the very least, this should include having CAREFULLY read the material covered by your assignment and having narrowed down a general area to a specific topic. For example, if your assignment covers the general theme of women in the Canterbury Tales, you should have picked the specific woman or women you intend to write about and decided what specific question you plan to address. You should also have already consulted the SAC bibliography and have read any appropriate secondary material.
3) Ask me a specific question. As examples, this could involve a request for sources about a particular historical issue or social issues, literary genres, characters, etc. It might also involve other specific questions such as a request for my opinion about points in the text.
Context Tales and 
Other Chaucer 
and Medieval Resources

Important events of the fourteenth century The Chaucer MetaPage  (an essential link to a hub of Chaucer pages)
Book of the Duchess Introduction to the General Prologue The SAC Online Chaucer bibliography
The Consolation of Philosophy in English The Knight's Tale Canterbury Tales with glosses
Gower's Confessio Amantis Knight's Tale, part 2 The Canterbury Tales in Middle English
The Canon of  John Lydgate Page The Miller's Tale

Otfried Lieberknecht's Dante page The Man of Law's Tale Essays on Chaucer
Dante (The Princeton Dante Project) The Clerk's Tale A Glossarial database of Middle English
Boccaccio and the Decameron The Second Nun's Tale New Chaucer Society Home Page
J. O'Donnell's Augustine page The Friar's Tale The Medieval Sourcebook
Guide to Medieval Christian Spirituality (from Archive.org) The Nun's Priest's Tale  The Catholic Encyclopedia
The Langland Home Page (from Archive.org) The Reeve's Tale
Fabliaux (from Archive.org) The Franklin's Tale
The Wife of Bath's Tale
The Monk's Tale
The Pardoner's Tale
The Prioress's Tale
Chaucer's Tale of Melibee
Canterbury Cathedral (lots of graphics)

Copyright 1996 Jane Zatta
Most recent revision, February 15, 2005

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