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The Decameron: Selected Tales

This edition presents 33 of the 100 tales, with at least two from each of the ten days of storytelling. Boccaccio’s general introduction and conclusion to the work are also included, as are the introduction and conclusion to the first day; the reader is thus provided with a real sense of the Decameron’s framing narrative.…

Troilus and Criseyde

Geoffrey Chaucer’s most significant literary accomplishment may well be Troilus and Criseyde, a single, profoundly philosophical narrative of a tragic love affair. Set in ancient Troy and telling the story of the rise and fall, in love and war, of prince Troilus, Troilus and Criseyde is an archetypal medieval romance. The widowed Criseyde is a…

The Distaff Gospels

The Distaff Gospels (Les Évangiles des Quenouilles), a fascinating fifteenth-century collection of more than 250 popular beliefs, constitutes a kind of encyclopedia of late medieval women’s wisdom. The women’s beliefs and experiences are recounted within the narrative frame of traditional gatherings where women meet with their spindles and distaffs to spin. They share advice on…

The Canterbury Tales, A Selection – Second Edition

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…

The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Volume 1: The Medieval Period – Third Edition

In all six of its volumes The Broadview Anthology of British Literature presents British literature in a truly distinctive light. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, the anthology takes a fresh approach to many canonical authors, and includes a wide selection of work by lesser-known writers. The anthology also provides wide-ranging coverage of…

A Companion to Chaucer and his Contemporaries

A Companion to Chaucer and his Contemporaries provides a detailed introduction to medieval culture, broadly considered. This sourcebook gives readers fuller access to Middle English literary works by situating these works within their sometimes alien historical and cultural contexts. Chapters open with an overview that suggests how contemporary debates and attitudes influence meaning in works…

World Literature and Works in Translation

WORLD LITERATURE AND WORKS IN TRANSLATION The Odyssey: Selections (8th C BCE) Homer The Trojan Women (4th C BCE) Euripides The Apology and Related Dialogues (4th C BCE) Plato *Philebus(4th C BCE) Plato Beowulf, second edition (c. 1000) The History of the Kings of Britain (12th C) Geoffrey of Monmouth The Four Branches of The Mabinogi…

Ancient, Medieval, & Renaissance Literature

ANCIENT, MEDIEVAL, & RENAISSANCE LITERATURE The Odyssey: Selections (8th C BCE) HomerThe Apology and Related Dialogues (4th C BCE) PlatoThe Trojan Women(4th C BCE) EuripidesOld English Poetry: An Anthology (BABL Edition)*The Medieval Bestiary in English (10th-13th Century)Beowulf, second edition (c.1000)Beowulf, second edition. Facing Page Translation (c.1000)The Four Branches of The Mabinogi (c.1100)The History of the Kings…