The aim of The Canterbury Tales on CD-ROM is to determine as thoroughly as possible the textual history of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. There are 84 manuscripts of The Tales, as well as four pre-1500 printed editions, and no scholarly consensus about which one of these witnesses best represents Chaucer's text. Key questions remain unresolved about the history of the text: how far did Chaucer complete The Tales? And to what extent do the differences between the manuscripts reflect Chaucer's own revisions, additions, alterations, and cancellations? Some 600 years of scholarly effort have failed to reach a consensus about these questions.In a planned sequence of CD-ROMs representing individual Tales, manuscripts will be presented for comparison and analysis, providing a tool for Chaucer scholars of a kind never before available.
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