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Geoffrey Chaucer's Book of the Duchess, on CD-ROM
The Book of the Duchess is the first of Chaucer's major
poems. Scholars are uncertain about the date of composition. Most
scholars ascribe the date of composition between 1369 and 1372.
Chaucer probably wrote the poem to commemorate the death of Blanche
of Lancaster, John of Gaunt's wife. Notes from antiquary John Stowe
indicate that the poem was written at John of Gaunt's request.
Chaucerís Book of the Duchess: A Hypertext Edition, is edited
by Murray McGillivray. This CD-ROM uses simple Web-browser
technology for a new kind of edition of Chaucer's poem. It
1. a new critical and reading edition with pop-up notes and
2. photographic-quality images of all manuscript pages;
3. audio files with a full reading of the poem in the original
4. text and translation of Chaucer's sources;
5. access to Web site for updates and additional materials
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Bodleian Library in
the University of Oxford for providing the rights to use images of
the original manuscript pages.
University of Calgary Press
0 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", May 2000