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Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries$
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Helen M. Hickey, Anne McKendry, and Melissa Raine

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526129154

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526129154.001.0001

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The implausible plausibility of the Prologue to the Tale of Beryn

The implausible plausibility of the Prologue to the Tale of Beryn

(p.125) 8 The implausible plausibility of the Prologue to the Tale of Beryn
Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries

Thomas A. Prendergast

Manchester University Press

Thomas A. Prendergast re-examines the fifteenth-century ‘Beryn’ manuscript, one of numerous continuations of and additions to the Canterbury Tales. Prendergast’s foremost concern is to identify the logic guiding the Beryn-scribe’s addition of this text to the Tales. He argues that the scribe was compelled by an irresistible desire to complete the text of the Canterbury Tales, thus attributing agency to the text itself.

Keywords:   Chaucer, Geoffrey, Prologue and Tale of Beryn, Fifteenth-century Chaucer Continuations and Additions, Canterbury Tales, Prendergast, Thomas A., Manuscripts – Europe – Fifteenth Century, Beryn-scribe

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