Chaucerian Investigations: The Canterbury Tales (Day 4)

We return for another Chaucerian investigation, so buckle up and let the Middle English fun commence! Today, since I want to begin looking at slightly larger sections in future installments, we will be looking at simply three lines.                 Our passage reads:   Of Engelond to Caunterbury they wende, The holy blisful martyr for to seke…Read more »

Chaucerian Investigations: The Canterbury Tales (Day 3)

Today, we will be examining lines 11-15 of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales; our investigation will be focusing only on the original Middle English and how the passage has been translated. Previous exercises, such as phonetic inscriptions and scansion, have been omitted for this post and likely many future posts simply to gain a better focus on…Read more »

Chaucerian Investigations: The Canterbury Tales (Day 2)

Today, we will be examining lines 6-10 of the General Prologue. This exercise will exclude reproductions of the phonetic inscriptions since I feel such a copying involves too much of a time investment to include with every post; readers may expect this exclusion to become the norm unless otherwise noted for a post. The remainder…Read more »

Medieval Literature: A Very Short Introduction (A Review)

What do we think of when we think of medieval literature? Probably texts which are dry and filled with moral and religious platitudes; maybe though we will think of Arthurian literature, however, and be filled with a bit more enthusiasm for adventure and courtly love. No matter what we view of medieval literature, however, there…Read more »

Some Remarks on Phonetics (Chaucerian Investigation: 2)

At this point in my investigation, I have not yet begun my work with Chaucer proper. Presently, I am engaged in preparatory study. I ordered a handy guide on Chaucer’s dialect of Middle English– a handy little booklet by Peter G. Beidler called A Student’s Guide to Chaucer’s Middle English— and so have been busy reading…Read more »

“The General Prolouge” and “The Physician’s Tale” Audiobook Review

Everyone knows Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.   Students of all ages, professors, historians, and more all have endeared and studied this novel of pilgrims one-upping each other in a tale-telling contest. Obviously, numerous audiobooks for it exist. Because it is a public domain text, everyone who thinks they have a voice worth hearing has…Read more »