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Chaucer's Works, The Canterbury Tales   By: (1343?-1400)

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The symbol [gh] represents the Middle English letter "yogh". This occurs only in the variant reading notes.

HENRY FROWDE, M.A. PUBLISHER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD LONDON, EDINBURGH, AND NEW YORK

THE COMPLETE WORKS

OF

GEOFFREY CHAUCER

EDITED, FROM NUMEROUS MANUSCRIPTS

BY THE

REV. WALTER W. SKEAT, M.A.

LITT.D., LL.D., D.C.L., PH.D. ELRINGTON AND BOSWORTH PROFESSOR OF ANGLO SAXON AND FELLOW OF CHRIST'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

THE CANTERBURY TALES: TEXT

'Let every felawe telle his tale aboute, And lat see now who shal the soper winne.' The Knightes Tale; A890

SECOND EDITION

Oxford

AT THE CLARENDON PRESS

M DCCCC

[Illustration: Frontispiece . CAMBRIDGE MS. (Gg. 4. 27). Prol. 326 342]

Oxford PRINTED AT THE CLARENDON PRESS BY HORACE HART, M.A., PRINTER TO THE UNIVERSITY

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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION. § 1. The Present Text. § 2. The MSS. I. In the British Museum. II. In Oxford. III. In Cambridge. IV. In other Public Libraries. V. In private hands. § 3. The Printed Editions. § 4. Plan of the present Edition. § 5. Table of symbols denoting MSS. § 6. Table showing various ways of numbering the lines. § 7. The four types of MSS.

THE CANTERBURY TALES

GROUP A. THE PROLOGUE THE KNIGHTES TALE THE MILLER'S PROLOGUE THE MILLERES TALE THE REEVE'S PROLOGUE THE REVES TALE THE COOK'S PROLOGUE THE COKES TALE

GROUP B. INTRODUCTION TO THE MAN OF LAW'S PROLOGUE MAN OF LAW'S PROLOGUE THE TALE OF THE MAN OF LAWE THE SHIPMAN'S PROLOGUE THE SHIPMANNES TALE THE PRIORESS'S PROLOGUE THE PRIORESSES TALE PROLOGUE TO SIR THOPAS SIR THOPAS PROLOGUE TO MELIBEUS THE TALE OF MELIBEUS THE MONK'S PROLOGUE THE MONKES TALE: Lucifer; Adam; Sampson; Hercules; Nabugodonosor; Balthasar; Cenobia; De Petro Rege Ispannie; De Petro Rege De Cipro; De Barnabo de Lumbardia; De Hugelino Comite de Pize; Nero; De Oloferno; De Rege Anthiocho; De Alexandro; De Iulio Cesare; Cresus [vi] THE PROLOGUE OF THE NONNE PRESTES TALE THE NONNE PRESTES TALE EPILOGUE TO THE NONNE PRESTES TALE

GROUP C. THE PHISICIENS TALE WORDS OF THE HOST PROLOGUE OF THE PARDONERS TALE THE PARDONERS TALE

GROUP D. THE WIFE OF BATH'S PROLOGUE THE TALE OF THE WYF OF BATHE THE FRIAR'S PROLOGUE THE FRERES TALE THE SOMNOUR'S PROLOGUE THE SOMNOURS TALE

GROUP E. THE CLERK'S PROLOGUE THE CLERKES TALE THE MERCHANT'S PROLOGUE THE MARCHANTES TALE EPILOGUE TO THE MARCHANTES TALE

GROUP F. THE SQUIERES TALE WORDS OF THE FRANKLIN THE FRANKLIN'S PROLOGUE THE FRANKELEYNS TALE

GROUP G. THE SECONDE NONNES TALE THE CANON'S YEOMAN'S PROLOGUE THE CHANOUNS YEMANNES TALE

GROUP H. THE MANCIPLE'S PROLOGUE THE MAUNCIPLES TALE

GROUP I. THE PARSON'S PROLOGUE THE PERSONES TALE

APPENDIX TO GROUP A. The Tale of Gamelyn

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INTRODUCTION

§ 1. THE PRESENT TEXT.

The text of the 'Canterbury Tales,' as printed in the present volume, is an entirely new one, owing nothing to the numerous printed editions which have preceded it. The only exceptions to this statement are to be found in the case of such portions as have been formerly edited, for the Clarendon Press, by Dr. Morris and myself. The reasons for the necessity of a formation of an absolutely new text will appear on a perusal of the text itself, as compared with any of its predecessors... Continue reading book >>




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