Chaucer's Works (ed. Skeat) Vol. III

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THE COMPLETE WORKS

OF

GEOFFREY CHAUCER

EDITED, FROM NUMEROUS MANUSCRIPTS

BY THE

Rev. WALTER W. SKEAT, M.A.

Litt.D., LL.D., D.C.L., Ph.D.

ELRINGTON AND BOSWORTH PROFESSOR OF ANGLO-SAXON
AND FELLOW OF CHRIST'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

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THE HOUSE OF FAME: THE LEGEND OF GOOD WOMEN
THE TREATISE ON THE ASTROLABE
WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE SOURCES OF THE CANTERBURY TALES

'He made the book that hight the Hous of Fame.'
Legend of Good Women; 417.

'Who-so that wol his large volume seke
Cleped the Seintes Legende of Cupyde.'
Canterbury Tales; B 60.

'His Astrelabie, longinge for his art.'
Canterbury Tales; A 3209.

SECOND EDITION

Oxford

AT THE CLARENDON PRESS

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CONTENTS.


PAGE
Introduction to the House of Fame.—§ 1. Authorship. § 2. Influence of Dante. § 3. Testimony of Lydgate. § 4. Influence of Ovid. § 5. Date of the Poem. § 6. Metre. § 7. Imitations. § 8. Authorities. § 9. Some Emendations vii
Introduction to the Legend of Good Women.—§ 1. Date of the Poem. § 2. The Two Forms of the Prologue. § 3. Comparison of these. § 4. The Subject of the Legend. § 5. The Daisy. § 6. Agaton. § 7. Chief Sources of the Legend. § 8. The Prologue; Legends of (1) Cleopatra; (2) Thisbe; (3) Dido; (4) Hypsipyle and Medea; (5) Lucretia; (6) Ariadne; (7) Philomela; (8) Phyllis; (9) Hypermnestra. § 9. Gower's Confessio Amantis. § 10. Metre. § 11. 'Clipped' Lines. § 12. Description of the MSS. § 13. Description of the Printed Editions. § 14. Some Improvements in my Edition of 1889. § 15. Conclusion xvi
Introduction to a Treatise on the Astrolabe.—§ 1. Description of the MSS. §§ 2-16. MSS. A., B., C., D., E., F., G., H., I., K., L., M., N., O., P. § 17. MSS. Q., R., S., T., U., W., X. § 18. Thynne's Edition. § 19. The two Classes of MSS. § 20. The last five Sections (spurious). § 21. Gap between Sections 40 and 41. § 22. Gap between Sections 43 and 44. § 23. Conclusion 40. § 24. Extant portion of the Treatise. § 25. Sources. § 26. Various Editions. § 27. Works on the Subject. § 28. Description of the Astrolabe Planisphere. § 29. Uses of the Astrolabe Planisphere. § 30. Stars marked on the Rete. § 31. Astrological Notes. lvii
Plates illustrating the description of the Astrolabe lxxxi
The Hous of Fame: Book I. 1
The Hous of Fame: Book II. 16
The Hous of Fame: Book III. 33
The Legend of Good Women: The Prologue 65
XVIII. The Legend of Cleopatra 106
XVIII. The Legend of Thisbe 110
XVIII. The Legend of Dido 117
XIIIV. The Legend of Hypsipyle and Medea 131
XIIIV. The Legend of Lucretia 140
XIIVI. The Legend of Ariadne 147
XIVII. The Legend of Philomela 158
XVIII. The Legend of Phyllis 164
VIIIX. The Legend of Hypermnestra 169
A Treatise on the Astrolabe 175
Commentary on a Treatise on the Astrolabe 175b
Critical Notes to a Treatise on the Astrolabe 233
Notes to the House of Fame 243
Notes to the Legend of Good Women 288
Notes to a Treatise on the Astrolabe 352
An Account of the Sources of the Canterbury Tales 370

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.