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The Canterbury Tales ; 3. Troilus and Criseyde ; 4. Other Works. The ordering of individual tales and poems within the sections follows that of the Riverside Chaucer edition. Most users should sign in with their email address. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in.
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It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Sign In or Create an Account. Sign In. Now he set forth word by word, now sense from sense, as clearly and intelligently as he was able, in the various and manifold worldly cares that oft troubled him both in mind and in body. These cares are very hard for us to reckon, that in his days came upon the kingdoms to which he had succeeded, and yet when he had studied this book and turned it from Latin into English prose, he wrought it up once more into verse, as it is now done.
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But the attribution is no longer considered reliable, and it is now usual simply to speak of the Old English Boethius , or at most to describe it as 'Alfredian', signalling that it was probably connected with Alfred's educational programme rather than being by Alfred. The translation is thought to have originated between about and the mid-tenth century, possibly but not necessarily in a court context, and to be by an anonymous translator. The Consolation of Philosophy was a sixth-century Latin work and is considered one of the most important works of philosophy from the Middle Ages.
A translation associated with Alfred's reign would be consistent with his avowed aims to circulate translations of the Consolation and other philosophical and historical works for the education of his people.
The Court Poetry of Chaucer: A Facing-Page Translation in Modern English
In another of his works, the preface to the Old English translation of Gregory the Great 's Pastoral Care , Alfred decries the lack of people who could read Latin in his kingdom, even among the clergy. The translation of Boethius would not only bring this important work and philosophies to a larger readership, it would also promote the English language. The translation is a fairly free adaptation of Boethius and some parts are greatly summarised from the original.
There is an introduction putting the work into context and numerous notes and digressions throughout explaining allusions. Download preview PDF.
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