Troilus and Criseyde

Troilus and Criseyde

by Geoffrey Chaucer


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ISBN-13: 9783734013126
Publisher: Outlook Verlag
Publication date: 09/22/2018
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London, the son of a wine-merchant, in about 1342, and as he spent his life in royal government service his career happens to be unusually well documented. By 1357 Chaucer was a page to the wife of Prince Lionel, second son of Edward III, and it was while in the prince's service that Chaucer was ransomed when captured during the English campaign in France in 1359-60. Chaucer's wife Philippa, whom he married c. 1365, was the sister of Katherine Swynford, the mistress (c. 1370) and third wife (1396) of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, whose first wife Blanche (d. 1368) is commemorated in Chaucer's ealrist major poem, The Book of the Duchess.

From 1374 Chaucer worked as controller of customs on wool in the port of London, but between 1366 and 1378 he made a number of trips abroad on official business, including two trips to Italy in 1372-3 and 1378. The influence of Chaucer's encounter with Italian literature is felt in the poems he wrote in the late 1370's and early 1380s – The House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls and a version of The Knight's Tale – and finds its fullest expression in Troilus and Criseyde.

In 1386 Chaucer was member of parliament for Kent, but in the same year he resigned his customs post, although in 1389 he was appointed Clerk of the King's Works (resigning in 1391). After finishing Troilus and his translation into English prose of Boethius' De consolatione philosophiae, Chaucer started his Legend of Good Women. In the 1390s he worked on his most ambitious project, The Canterbury Tales, which remained unfinished at his death. In 1399 Chaucer leased a house in the precincts of Westminster Abbey but died in 1400 and was buried in the Abbey.
Nevill Coghill (1899–1980) held many appointments at Oxford University. His translation of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde is also published by Penguin Classics.


Table of Contents

Geoffrey Chaucer: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

Troilus and Criseyde

  • Book I
    Book II
    Book III
    Book IV
    Book V

Glossarial Index of Characters in Troilus and Criseyde

Appendix A: The Story of Troilus and Criseyde

  1. From Benoît de Sainte-Maure, Le Roman de Troie (1160)
  2. From Giovanni Boccaccio, Il Filostrato (1335–40)
  3. Robert Henryson, The Testament of Cresseid (1532)

Appendix B: Other Influential Literature

  1. From Ovid, Metamorphoses (7 CE)
  2. From Ovid, Ars Amatoria (3 BCE)
  3. From Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy (524 CE)
  4. From Andreas Capellanus, On Love (1185–90)
  5. From Jean de Meun, The Romance of the Rose (c. 1275)
  6. Francis Petrarch, Sonnet 132 (c. 1370)

Appendix C: Medieval Science

  1. From Constantine the African, Viaticum (c. 1060)
  2. From Gerard of Berry, Glosses on the Viaticum (late 12th century CE)
  3. From Bona Fortuna, Treatise on the Viaticum (early 14th century CE)
  4. From Macrobius, On Dreams (c. 400)
  5. The Ptolemaic Universe (c. 1539)

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Troilus and Criseyde 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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ClaireWilPratt More than 1 year ago
This book was good but i've read better. I thought the writting was good but it just didn't keep me interested. Try reading Chaucer and War by John Pratt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chaucer creates a new approach to the tradition of courtly love in medieval French and English literature. A master of style, he brilliantly shows the complexity of love and also the folly inherent in courtly love. A great read, funny and sad with beautiful language.