Middle English Period

Here is a wonderful and historically significant period in English language. With such wonderful writers as William Langland, the Pearl Poet, Thomas Malory (some don’t put him in this period), and of course Geoffrey Chaucer. In our class we are focusing our attention primarily on Chaucer, and I wanted to add a few resources.

Chivalry document This document lists ten common characteristics of knights–the chivalry code. It also has a few questions based on an analysis between the depiction of knights in English literature as well as the parody, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. 

Chaucer in Contemporary Language This is a great resource for reading Chaucer in a very contemporary translation. Though the Middle English is rewarding and as horrible as it feels reading Chaucer in prose, this is particularly helpful for my students who are not native English speakers. Even the “modern” translation uses non-contemporaneous language that can be difficult to read.