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The Canterbury Tales Handbook

  • Elizabeth Scala
  • ISBN-10: 0393624447
  • ISBN-13: 9780393624441
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

The essential student companion for reading and understanding

An ideal companion to The Canterbury Tales, this brief, accessible book introduces students to Chaucer’s tales and helps them understand the language, genres, forms, historical background, and critical history.


  • BUILDS READING SKILLS FROM THE VERY FIRST CHAPTER Developing solid Middle English reading skills at the start of the semester is essential to students’ success. This unique handbook devotes extra time to the General Prologue and the first few tales and builds comprehension through basic reading-research exercises.

  • LIVELY AND ACCESSIBLE DISCUSSIONS OF GENRES, SOURCES, CONTEXTS, AND MORE In engaging and student-friendly prose, Elizabeth Scala contextualizes each tale by genre and form and examines crucial matters such as the teller of the tale, historical background, and critical history. She provides just enough information so that students can read or re-read Chaucer with confidence, knowing they can turn to the handbook for help with challenging language or unfamiliar concepts.

  • A GREAT VALUE ON ITS OWN—EVEN BETTER WHEN PACKAGED Priced considerably lower than competing texts—in both print and digital form—this handbook is a great value for any course in which The Canterbury Tales are taught in Middle English. When the handbook is packaged with either The Norton Chaucer or The Canterbury Tales, students get a deal that is truly unbeatable: the best handbook for just $10 extra.

Table of Contents

The General Prologue

The Knight’s Tale
The Miller’s Introduction and Tale
The Reeve’s Introduction and Tale
The Cook’s Introduction and Tale
The Man of Law’s Introduction, Prologue, Tale, and Epilogue
The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale
The Friar’s Introduction and Tale
The Summoner’s Introduction Prologue and Tale
The Clerk’s Introduction and Tale
The Merchant’s Introduction and Tale
The Squire’s Introduction and Tale
The Franklin’s Introduction and Tale
The Physician’s Tale
The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale
The Shipman’s Tale
The Prioress’ Introduction, Prologue, and Tale
The Introduction and Tale of Sir Thopas
The Tale of Melibee
The Monk’s Introduction and Tale
The Nun’s Priest’s Introduction and Tale
The Second Nun’s Prologue and Tale
The Canon’s Yeoman’s Introduction and Tale
The Manciple’s Introduction and Tale
The Parson’s Introduction and Tale, and Chaucer’s Retraction