Project Status: Ongoing

The Open Access Companion to the Canterbury Tales is a free resource for the study of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales written and curated by professional scholars of medieval literature. The project is imagined as a resource for undergraduate and graduate students encountering the Tales early in their academic careers. Teachers of Middle English literature may find the essays particularly useful and approachable for classroom use. Articles comprise essays and reference chapters. Essays cover a topic of import to Chaucer’s work, for example “Sisterhood and Brotherhood in the Knight’s Tale,” whereas reference chapters treat foundational cultural topics, like manuscripts and everyday life.

All of the texts on the Companion’s site are freely available and peer reviewed by scholars of Middle English literature.

Resource details:

Resource Type: Teaching ResourcesText: Modern

License: Creative CommonsMust provide creditNo Fee

Modern Language: English

Medieval content details:

Dates: 1300 - 1500

Type/Genre of Medieval Primary Source Material: Art and ArtifactsLiteratureManuscriptsMaterial EvidenceTextual EvidenceVerse

Geopolitical Region: British Isles and IrelandEnglandEurope

Original Language: EnglishMiddle English

Geoffrey Chaucer is the primary medieval creator.