This is a critical edition of the romance known as "The Tale of Gamelyn", a poem of 902 couplets, written in Late Middle English towards the end of the second half of the fourteenth century. It is preceded by a discussion of the textual tradition of Chaucer's work, and an analysis of previous editions of Gamelyn. It also includes a synoptic edition containing the diplomatic transcriptions of the ten manuscripts collated and some comments on the internal and external features of the Romance.
List of Abbreviations; Foreword by Professor Teresa Fanego; Introduction; 1. General Considerations; 1.1. The Tale of Gamelyn Related to the Canterbury Tales; 1.2. The Manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales; 1.3. Manuscripts Containing the Tale of Gamelyn; 2. Edition of the Tale of Gamelyn; 2.1. A New Edition of Gamelyn; 2.1.1. Previous Editions of the Tale; 2.1.2. The Need for a New Edition of Gamelyn; 2.1.3. Choosing a Base Text for the Edition; 2.1.4. Selecting Additional Manuscripts for the Edition; 2.2. Synoptic Edition of the Tale of Gamelyn; 2.2.1. Justification for a Synoptic Edition; 2.2.2. Transcription Guidelines; 2.2.3. Diplomatic Transcriptions of the Manuscripts; 184.108.40.206. Christ Church Oxford MS 152 (Ch); 220.127.116.11. Corpus Christi College Oxford MS 198 (Cp); 18.104.22.168. Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 (Fi); 22.214.171.124. British Library MS Harley 7334 (Ha4); 126.96.36.199. Bodleian Library MS Hatton Donat. 1 (Ht); 188.8.131.52. British Library MS Lansdowne 851 (La); 184.108.40.206. Lichfield Cathedral MS 29 (Lc); 220.127.116.11. Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5 (Mm); 18.104.22.168. Petworth House MS 7 (Pw); 22.214.171.124. British Library MS Royal 18 C.II (Ry2); 2.3. Edition of the Tale with Apparatus Criticus and Notes; 2.3.1. Introduction; 126.96.36.199. Plot of the Romance; 188.8.131.52. Internal and External Features of the Romance; 2.3.2. Critical Edition of Gamelyn and Notes to the Text; 2.3.3. Apparatus Criticus of the Edition; 2.4. Translation of the Tale of Gamelyn; 2.5. Glossarial Index to the Text; 3. Final Remarks; References; General Index.