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The Canterbury Tales, second edition: A Selection

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Drawing from the same text as the complete Broadview edition of the Tales, which is based on the famous Ellesmere Manuscript, this selected edition also features a critical introduction, marginal glosses in modern English of difficult words, and explanatory footnotes. The most widely taught appendix material from the complete edition is included, along with ten illustrations from the Ellesmere Manuscript.
The second edition includes a new glossary, a timeline of Chaucer's life ...

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Overview

Drawing from the same text as the complete Broadview edition of the Tales, which is based on the famous Ellesmere Manuscript, this selected edition also features a critical introduction, marginal glosses in modern English of difficult words, and explanatory footnotes. The most widely taught appendix material from the complete edition is included, along with ten illustrations from the Ellesmere Manuscript.
The second edition includes a new glossary, a timeline of Chaucer's life and times, and detailed headers showing the section and line numbers, making it easier to find a specific section of the poem. Several popular prologues and tales have also been added to the selection: The Cook's Prologue and Tale, The Friar's Prologue and Tale, The Merchant's Prologue and Tale, and The Parson's Prologue.

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Editorial Reviews

Timothy Stinson
"Boenig and Taylor have produced a welcome addition to the already-rich offerings available for the study of Chaucer in the classroom. The text hews closely to the Ellesmere Manuscript, making it useful for discussions of manuscript contexts of The Canterbury Tales. And both students and teachers will find the materials that frame the poem to be valuable aids in its study; the introduction offers a concise history of Chaucer and the reception of his work while the excerpted source texts that follow the poem are well chosen and provide crucial context."
John T. Sebastian
"With its meticulously edited text, generous glosses and notes, abundant selections from relevant medieval sources, and attractive reproductions of the sumptuous pages of the Ellesmere Manuscript, the Broadview Canterbury Tales will become the obvious choice for teachers, students, and general readers alike."
John Marlin
"This is the best edition of the Tales I've found to date."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554811366
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 973,848
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Boenig is Professor of English at Texas A&M University. Andrew Taylor is Professor of English at the University of Ottawa.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The General Prologue
The Knight's Tale
The Miller's Prologue
The Miller's Tale
The Reeve's Prologue
The Reeve's Tale
The Cook's Prologue
The Cook's Tale
The Wife of Bath's Prologue
The Wife of Bath's Tale
The Friar's Prologue
The Friar's Tale
The Summoner's Prologue
The Summoner's Tale
The Clerk's Prologue
The Clerk's Tale
The Merchant's Prologue
The Merchant's Tale
The Franklin's Prologue
The Franklin's Tale
The Pardoner's Prologue
The Pardoner's Tale
The Prioress's Prologue
The Prioress's Tale
The Nun's Priest's Prologue
The Nun's Priest's Tale
The Parson's Prologue
Chaucer’s Retraction
Appendix: Background Documents
Saint Jerome, Against Jovinian (400)
Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy (524)
The Twelve Conclusions of the Lollards (1395)
Jean de Meun, The Romance of the Rose (c. 1275)
False Seeming
The Old Woman
William Langland, Piers Plowman (1360s–80s)
The Fair Field of Folk
The Friar
Guillaume de Machaut, The Judgment of the King of Navarre (1351)
The Plague
Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron (1353)
The Black Death
Patient Griselda
Rudolph of Schlettstadt, The Host and Libels against the Jews (1303)
The Remedy against the Troubles of Temptation (late 14th C)
An Exemplum about Despair
The Tale of Beryn (1410–20)
The Pilgrims Arrive at Canterbury and Visit the Shrine

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