which Edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales?
- Gentles of the List,
on this Christmas Eve, BBC Radio 3 broadcast some readings of some of the Canterbury Tales - which I was lucky-enough to chance-upon; and which mads me realise I haven't owned a copy since studying it at School, more years ago than this humble Soldier cares to contemplate.
I am minded to obtain another copy - but what Edition, I ask myself. Over the last several decades, there are sure to have been several new Editions by various Commentators, Scholars, and Publishers. A quick booksearch via amazon.com produced over a bewildering 2000 hits.
My intent in obtaining another copy is to learn some of the tales for performance in Bardic Circles, and the like.
I would welcome suggestions based upon Listers own contact with various Editions.
And, no, I can't afford US$508 for a facsimile of the Ellesmere Chaucer [though I wish I could] - but referrals to less-costly facsimiles would be welcome, as will be referrals to versions in plain-text Middle English, and plain-text Early-Modern-English.
Season's Greetings to you All.
isolated in "old" Jersey.
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- Happy New Year Everyone!
I just thought I'd give a quick update on the audio
books I found on Amazon yesterday.
I bought the "The General Prologue & The Physician's
Tale: In Middle English & In Modern Verse Translation
[AUDIOBOOK] [UNABRIDGED] (Audio CD)". You can get
there through this tinyurl:
Anyway, on the page is a link to download immediately,
which takes you to a company called audible.com. Being
the impatient sort, I bought from Audible so I could
download immediately. Here's a quick excerpt from the
description that I thought may be of interest to the
"How do we know what Chaucer's English sounded like?
The simplest way for the present reader to learn what
Chaucer's pronunciation sounded like is to listen to
Richard Bebb's superb reading of the current recording
of The General Prologue of The Canterbury Tales. The
knowledge it represents has been built up by the work
of many scholars over centuries, which is now
available in many competent studies and editions of
So this isn't just a reading of Chaucer but an attempt
to read Chaucer in Middle English (which was my big
concern). The download is also $9.94 and now resides
on my iPod where I can now study Middle English
anywhere I go.
-- Geoffrey Fulredy