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Unhap, Misadventure, Infortune

Chaucer’s Vocabulary of Mischance

Helen Cooper

.P. Tatlock and Arthur G. Kennedy’s A Concordance to the Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1927; repr. Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1963) has been invaluable in the compilation of this study; for Gower, I have used A Concordance to John Gower’s Confessio

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Blanche, Two Chaucers and the Stanley Family

Rethinking the Reception of The Book of the Duchess

Simon Meecham-Jones

which he listed and described his three major works.’ Derek Pearsall, Life of Geoffrey Chaucer : A Critical Biography (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992), 1–2. 3 All quotations from Chaucer’s works are from The Riverside Chaucer , ed. Larry D. Benson (Oxford

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‘Tu Numeris Elementa Ligas’

The Consolation of Nature’s Numbers in Parlement of Foulys

C.W.R.D. Moseley

, which F.N. Robinson cites ( The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer [London: Oxford University Press, 1957], 796), about the difficulty of fitting a four-stress musical line to a decasyllabic poem holds good, of course, if the song was sung rhythmically; not if

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‘And gret wel Chaucer whan ye mete’

Chaucer’s Earliest Readers, Addressees and Audiences

Sebastian Sobecki


This article will attempt to take stock of what we know about Chaucer’s earliest audiences, that is, about uses of and references to his work made during his lifetime. Relevant new research on manuscript use and ownership has been included in the case of Thomas Hoccleve and the scrivener Thomas Spencer. In addition to various named addressees of Chaucer’s works – Peter Bukton, Henry Scogan and Philip de la Vache – this brief survey lists contemporary references to Chaucer and his works in the poetry of John Gower, Eustache Deschamps, John Clanvowe and Thomas Usk.

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Among the English Worthies

Longfellow and the Campaign for Poets' Corner

David Haven Blake

In 1884, a bust of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was unveiled in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, positioning the American between memorials to Geoffrey Chaucer and John Dryden. Longfellow was the first foreign author thus honoured, and his selection created transatlantic controversy. Through newspapers and correspondence, this article explores how Longfellow's bust came to be in Poets' Corner, tracing the role of its organizer, Dr William Cox Bennett, his benefactors in government and the Palace, and a host of distinguished contributors to the campaign. While nineteenth-century celebrity is often described as a public phenomenon accompanied by crowds of cheering admirers, the memorialization campaign centred on transatlantic elites who praised Longfellow's virtue, humility, and internationalism. The article examines how the campaign shaped the meaning of both Poets' Corner and late nineteenth-century transatlantic fraternity and argues that it also became the setting for conflicting ideas about literature, cosmopolitanism, national memory, and Victorian racial theories.

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“To take a wyf”

Marriage, Status, and Moral Conduct in “The Merchant’s Tale”

Natalie Hanna

, Medieval Maidens: Young Women and Gender in England, 1270–1540 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003). 7 Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Merchant’s Tale,” in The Riverside Chaucer , ed. Larry D. Benson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), 1311

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From Villainous Letch and Sinful Outcast, to “Especially Beloved of God”

Complicating the Medieval Leper through Gender and Social Status

Christina Welch and Rohan Brown

, “Hospital of St. Julian by St Albans,” in A History of the County of Hertfordshore, Vol. IV , ed. William Page, accessed 1 September 2014, , 464–467. 49 Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Summoner,” The

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Ronald de Rooy

classics: Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales , adapt. Seymour Chwast (New York: Bloomsbury, 2011) and Homer, The Odyssey , adapt. Seymour Chwast (New York: Bloomsbury, 2012). 38 Cf. Nick Tosches, In the Hand of Dante (Boston: Little, Brown, 2002

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Simone Fryer-Bovair

sense of change, renewal and growth in Troilus; see A Complete Concordance to the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer , ed. Akio Oizumi, 10 vols. (Hildesheim: Olms-Weidmann, 1991), VII: 1049. 44 Virtue plays a significant role in the formation of Troilus and

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In Appreciation of Metrical Abnormality

Headless Lines and Initial Inversion in Chaucer

Ad Putter

Geoffrey Chaucer (London: Oxford University Press, 1894), 6 vols, VI, lxxxviii. 11 Derek Pearsall, ‘Chaucer’s Meter: The Evidence of the Manuscripts’, in Medieval Literature: Texts and Interpretation , ed. Tim W. Machan (Binghamton, NY: Medieval and