Geoffrey Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde

Geoffrey Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde

Geoffrey Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde, ed. Barry Windeatt, Penguin Classics (London: Penguin, 2003). lxx + 561 pp. ISBN 0-140-424210. 12.99 [pounds sterling]. To see Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde printed as a Penguin Classic is pleasing not only for the evident popular assertion of Chaucer’s excellence hut also for the material reminder the volume provides of the readability of this great romance, and its status as a predecessor of the novel. Barry Windeatt’s edition characteristically combines approachability with scholarly care and precision. The original text is presented, with each page glossed for ease of reading; there are also substantial notes, an extensive bibliography, and a glossary. The introduction surveys sources, genre, and context, and offers a full critical reading of the poem. This volume, following Windeatt’s facing-page edition of the poem, and his Oxford Guide, affirms his pre-eminent place in Chaucer studies. [C.J.S.]

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