Harvard Chaucer Page
The Canterbury Tales
The text of each tale, with introduction, pilgrim’s portrait, and links to selected articles.
Links to maps and selected woodcuts from the Kelmscott Chaucer (by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones). Links to low-resolution reproductions of pilgrim portraits from the Ellesmere manuscript are not functioning as of December 1998.
From Gatehouse to Cathedral: A Photographic Pilgrimage to Chaucerian Landmarks
“These pictures, taken between July 1996 and March 1998, make a photographic pilgrimage to various sites that Chaucer would have seen or been associated with in his lifetime, ending with the destination of his pilgrims, Canterbury Cathedral. They show details which link to larger 20-40k, full-frame photographs.”
The Canterbury Tour
“The tour contains 500 pages, each with a photo and some text. The pages are paired, so a view in one direction is complemented by the view ‘behind you.’ Pairing means that you can walk to one end of the city, turn round and walk back again. You can turn right and left, taking different routes to explore the city. You will also find many archaeological reports from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust. Look for the button showing a small trowel.”
Canterbury Tales Page
Commentaries, illustrated from medieval MSS., on the background to the Knight’s Tale, the Miller’s Tale, the Man of Law’s Tale, the Clerk’s Tale, the Second Nun’s Tale, the Friar’s Tale, the Nun’s Priest Tale, the Reeve’s Tale, the Franklin’s Tale, the Wife of Bath’s Tale, and Chaucer’s Tale of Melibee.
Some Important Events in the Fourteenth Century
A gem. Potted history of Chaucer’s century (including the Hundred Years War, the Peasants’ Revolt, and the abdication of Richard II), with illustrations from a fifteenth-century copy of Froissart.
Wife of Bath’s Prologue
The opening page from the Ellesmere MS., including the narrator’s portrait.
Illustrates several of the Canterbury Tales from medieval MSS. and early editions. E.g., for the Knight’s Tale: the first page of the Tale as it appears in the Ellesmere MS., a closeup of the narrator’s portrait as it appears in the same, a woodcut from the Kyngston/Wight edition of 1561, a woodcut from the Kelmscott edition of 1896 [not 1850, as it says here], an illustration [with two details] from a Burgundian MS. of Boccaccio’s Teseide, and illustrations of activities and figures depicted in the Knight’s Tale: jousting, a lady awarding a prize to the winner, a single combat, Fortune and her wheel.
Links to several author and pilgrim portraits, as well as Burne-Jones woodcuts from the Kelmscott Chaucer (1896).
University of Wisconsin, Madison
The Classic Text: Traditions and Interpretations
Online catalogue from a 1996 exhibit on the classical text as cultural icon at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. High-resolution images include a portrait of the Manciple, from Cambridge MS. GG.4.27; the author portrait from the Ellesmere MS.; a leaf from the editio princeps (Caxton, 1478); a woodcut portrait of the Knight, from Stow’s edition of 1561; a portrait of the Yeoman and a leaf from the apocryphal Cook’s Tale, from Urry’s edition of 1721; a leaf from Tyrwhitt’s edition of 1775; a leaf and author portrait from the Aldine Editions of the English Poets (1845; rpt. 1852); a Burne-Jones woodcut of Palemon and Arcite watching Emily from their prison (1896); an illustration to the Miller’s Tale and outline portraits of several pilgrims, by Russell Flint (1913); an author portrait and text sample from the Limited Editions Club edition of 1934; a portrait of the Monk and a text sample from the second Limited Editions Club edition (1946); abstract designs by Ronald King (1978)
University of Delaware Library
Brief description with large reproduction of title page.
Virtual Museum of Education Iconics
Photograph of two-page spread featuring the opening of the Prioress’s Tale.
Glasgow University Library
Romaunt of the Rose
Two pages from the translation attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer as transcribed in MS Hunter 409 (V.3.7), f.57v.
Chaucer in 2001
Prof. Wack describes her experiences teaching Chaucer with an image database at Stanford.
Images from the Kelmscott Chaucer Reprint
Two images from the “Paper, Leather, Clay and Stone: The Written Word Materialized” exhibit by the Kroch Library at Cornell University