Table of Contents


The General Prologue

The Knight’s Tale

The Miller’s Prologue and Tale

The Reeve’s Prologue and Tale

The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale

The Summoner’s Prologue and Tale

The Clerk’s Prologue and Tale

The Franklin’s Prologue and Tale

The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale

The Prioress’s Prologue and Tale

The Nun’s Priest’s Prologue and Tale

Chaucer’s Retraction

Appendices: Background Documents

1. William Thorpe’s Testimony


2. Benedict of Canterbury, The Miracles of St. Thomas Becket


3. The Lollard Twelve Conclusions

4. Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy

5. Jean de Meun, The Romance of the Rose

The Old Woman

Fair Seeming

6. Jerome, Against Jovinian

7. William Langland, Piers Plowman

The Fair Field of Folk

The Friar

8. Guillaume de Machaut, The Judgment of the King of Navarre

The Black Plague

9. Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron

The Black Death

The Tale of Patient Griselda

10. Jean Froissart’s Chronicles

The Black Death, Flagellants, and Jews

The Campaign of 1359

The Peasant’s Revolt in England

The Election of Henry IV

11. The Anonimalle Chronicle

The Peasant’s Revolt in England

12. A Model Indulgence

13. Rudolph of Schlettstadt, The Host and Libels against the Jews


14. The Remedy Against the Troubles of Temptation

An Exemplum about Despair

15. The Tale of Beryn

The Pilgrims Arrive at Canterbury and Visit the Shrine

Posted on November 2, 2015