The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale

Further reading

There is a huge amount published on The Pardoner's Tale. The following is a short list of works generally to be found in libraries:

  • Peter Brown, Chaucer at work: The Making of the Canterbury Tales (London and New York: Longman, 1994)
  • Peter Brown, ed., A Companion to Chaucer (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002)
  • Helen Cooper, The Canterbury Tales, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996)
  • Steve Ellis, ed., Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales (London: Longman, 1998)
  • C.W.R.D. Mosely (ed.) - Geoffrey Chaucer: The Pardoner's Tale. A critical study incorporating Chaucer's text. Penguin Masterstudies Series. (Penguin, 1987). 
  • Helen Phillips, An Introduction to the Canterbury Tales: Reading, Fiction, Context (London: Macmillan, 1999)
  • Gillian Rudd, The Complete Critical guide to Chaucer (London and New York: Routledge, 2001)
  • The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale (Selected Tales from Chaucer) Ed. A.C. Spearing. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2nd edition,1994)
  • Piero Boitani and Jill Mann (eds) - The Cambridge Chaucer Companion (Cambridge Univ Press, 1993)


Note: Remember that websites – including this one – are secondary resources like any other. They are of infinitely less use and value than your own reading of Chaucer's text, your enjoyment of it and your own thinking and writing about it.

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Remember: Much information on the web is poor, biased and/or old-fashioned. It is important to try to check the source of the site and to find out about the organization running it or the author(s). For some reason, online information about Chaucer seems particularly prone to being out of date, inaccurate or dull and simplistic. Perhaps some people assume that the Middle Ages themselves were like that! 

We recommend that any material you draw from websites and critics or editions should be clearly referenced in essays or project work. 

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