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Experience though none auctoritee
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Wife of Bath’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 856 lines in couplets, with some versions including additional lines.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Wife of Bath’s Prologue; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; marriage; antifeminism; autobiography; confession
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 82v-94v
First Lines:
Experience though noon autorite
were in this world is right I nough for me…
Last Lines:
…if I haue licence of this worthi frere
yis dame quod he telle forth and I wol here
Note: III.381 omitted; includes 44a-f; spurious lines follow 332, 382; 488-9 inserted at foot.
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the wiff of Bathe hir prolog (f. 82v); the wiff of Bathe (RT); Here endith the wiff of Bathe hir prolog… (f. 94v)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 104-114v
First Lines:
Experiment though non autorite
Were in þis world is right I nogh for me…
Last Lines:
…Ȝif I haue licence of þis worthi frere
Ȝis dame coþ he telle forth I shal ȝoue here
Note: III.55, 83-91, 292, 575-84, 605-12, 619-26, 661, 717-20, 757, 778, 837-9 omitted; spurious lines follow 66, 758, 776.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Wyf of Bathe (f. 104); Of bathe (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 64v-74
First Lines:
[E]xperience though non auctorite
Were in this world is right enough for me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue licence of this wurthy frere
yis dame telle furth and I shalle here
Note: III.575-84, 609-12, 717-20 omitted.
Attributed Title: The Prolog of the wif of Bathe (f. 64v)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 70v-80v
First Lines:
Experience thogh non auctorite
Were in þis worlde is right y now for me…
Last Lines:
…If I have licence of þis worthi frere
Yis dame quod he telle forth and I wol heere
Note: III.408, 462, 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Here begynneþ þe prologe of þe wife of Bathe (f. 70v); The wife of Bathe (RT); Here endeth the Prolage of the / wyfe of Bathe… (f. 80v)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 109v-119
First Lines:
Experience þough none auctorite
Were in þis world is right y nogh for me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue licence of þis worthi Frere
Yis dame quod he tell forth & I wil here
Note: III.575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 706, 717-20, 722 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And next begynneth þe prolog of þe wife of Bath (f. 109v); The Prolog (RT); Here endeth þe Prolog of þe Wife of Bathe… (f. 119)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 76-87v
First Lines:
Experiment þough noon auctorite
Were in þis worlde is right I nough for me…
Last Lines:
…And seide þeef þus mychel am I wreke
Now wil I die I mai no lenger speke…
Note: III.811-28 lost; 575-84, 609-12, 717-20 omitted; spurious lines follow 332. Fol. 88 is a seventh-century replacement leaf.
Attributed Title: HEre begynneþ þe prolog of þe wif of Baþe (f. 75v); the prologe of baþe (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 128-140
First Lines:
[E]xperience thogh noone auctorite
Were in this worlde is right ynogh for me…
Last Lines:
…So blisse his soule for his mercy dere
Now wold I seyn my tale if ȝe will here
Note: III.20, 230, 609-12, 619-26, 716-20, 739-48, 826-56 omitted; spurious line follows 192. Lines 829-56, omitted in this MS, are supplied on seventeenth-century added leaf, f. 140a).
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 124-135
First Lines:
Experyence though non auctorite
Were in this worlde is ryght Inough for me…
Last Lines:
…Yif I haue licence of this worthy frere
Yes dame telle forth your tale & I wol hit here
Note: III.715-846 lost; 195-6, 255-7, 260, 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 671 omitted; 185-6, 509-10 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here bygynneth the prolog of the wyfes tale of Bathe (f. 124); The wyfe of Bathe (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 58-64v
First Lines:
Experyment though non auctorite
Were in this worlde it is right ynow for me…
Last Lines:
…If I have licence of this worthi frere
Yis dame quod he tel forth and I wil here
Note: III.575-84, 609-12, 717-20 omitted; spurious line follows 50.
Attributed Title: …and he begynnith / the wif of bathes prolog and hir tale foleweth (f. 58); prologe bathe vxoris (f. 58, margin); the wif of bathe (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
10.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 125-136
First Lines:
Experience thouȝ non auctorite
Were in this world is right I now for me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue licence of this worthi frere
Yes dame telle forth quod he and I will here
Note: III.696-766 lost; 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, omitted; spurious lines follow 543, 544.
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth the Prolog of the wif of Bathe (f. 125); The wif of bathe (RT); Here endith the Prolog of the wif of Bathe… (f. 136)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
11.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 72-82v
First Lines:
Experience though noon auctorite
Were in this worlde is right I nogh for me…
Last Lines:
…Yef I haue licence of this worthy frere
Yis dame quod he telle forth and I wille here
Note: Includes III.44a-f; 354 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: Here bygynneth the prologe of the tale of the wyfe of Bathe (f. 72); Here endeth the prologe of the tale… (f. 83)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
12.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 100-110v
First Lines:
Experiment þough non auctorite
Were in þis world is right ynough for me…
Last Lines:
…[torn]f þis worþi frere
[torn]forþ þi tale I wol here
Note: III.146-217 lost; 10, 575-84, 609-12, 717-20 omitted; 24 left blank, supplied later by fifteenth-century hand.
Attributed Title: Prologus vxoris de Bathe Co vijo (f. 100, margin); Prologus vxoris de Bathe (RT, trimmed on most folios, rubric)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
13.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 96v-109
First Lines:
Experience thouȝ non auctorite
Were in this worlde is riȝt ynow for me…
Last Lines:
…Yf I haue licence of this worthi frere
Ȝis dame quod he tel forth I wol here
Note: Includes III.44a-f; 152, 197, 381 omitted (152 supplied later in margin); 433-4 reversed; spurious line follows 332.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth the Prolog of the Wif of Bathe (f. 96v); Bathe (f. 96v, margin); wiff of Bathe (RT); Here endith þe Wiff of Bathis Prolog… (f. 109)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
14.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 73-85v
First Lines:
Experience thoughe non auctorite
were in this worlde is right I nowe for me…
Last Lines:
…yf I haue licence of this worthi frere
yis dame quod he telle forthe thi tale I wille here
Note: III.374, 408, 609-12, 619-26, 699, 717-20, 814 omitted; 672-748 follow 818.
Attributed Title: Prologus vxoris Bath (f. 73); Bathe (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 67-76v
First Lines:
Experience though noon auctoritee
Were in this world is right I now for me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue lycence of this worthy Frere
Ȝis dame quod he tell forth & I wyl here
Note: Includes III.44a-f.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Vxoris de Bathe (f. 67); Hic desinit prologus… (f. 76v)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Cambridge MS. Dd.4.24 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Completed by the Egerton MS. 2726 (The Haistwell MS). The Chaucer Society 1st Series, no. 95 (Part 1, issue for 1901) and 96 (Part 2, issue for 1902).
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 212-222
First Lines:
…But þis word is not take of euery wyght
But þere as god lust ȝeue it of hise myȝt…
Last Lines:
…Ȝif I haue lycens of þis worþi frere
Ȝis dame telle forth & I schal here
Note: III.1076 lost; 717-20 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Here begynnyth the wyf of Bathe hire prologe (f. 210v); Here endith þe prologe of the wyues tale of Bathe… (f. 222)
Facsimiles:
Parkes, Malcolm B., and Richard Beadle. “Introduction.” Poetical Works. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.27. 3 vols Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979 (vol. 1); 1980 (vols. 2-3).
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. The Cambridge MS (University Library, Gg.4.27) of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 4, 10, 17, 28, 33, 40, 52, 66. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 109-119
First Lines:
O Experience though noone auctorite
Were in this worlde y nough for me…
Last Lines:
…I haue licence of this worthy ffrere
Yes dame quod he telle forthe and I wil here
Note: Includes III.44a-f; 95, 686-9 omitted; blank line follows 96; blank lines left at 584, 590; 619-26 follow 610; spurious lines follow 136, 332; 433-4 reversed.
Attributed Title: …and here / Begynneth the wyf of Bathes Prologe (f. 109); Wyfe of Bathe (RT); Here endeth the wyfes prologe of Bathe… (f. 119)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 113v-123
First Lines:
Experimente thogh non auctorite
Were in þis worlde is riȝht ynogh for me…
Last Lines:
…Ȝiff I haf licence of þis worthy frere
Ȝis dame quod he tell forth þi tale I will her
Note: III.302, 575-84, 609-12, 717-20 omitted; 378 follows 380.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth þe prologe of þe wyffe of Bathe (f. 113v); Capitulum vijm (f. 113v, margin); þe wyffe of bathe (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 130-141v
First Lines:
[E]Xperyment though none Auctoryte
Were in this world ys ryȝte y nowh for me…
Last Lines:
…Yf I haue lycence of this worthy ffrere
Ȝys dame quoth he telle forth your tale y wol here
Note: III.7-8, 75-8, 275-6, 297-302, 340-6, 497-500, 575-84, 609-112, 619-26, 673-8, 681, 686, 717-20, 773-4, 740, 825-6 omitted; spurious line follows 685.
Attributed Title: The prolog of þe Wyfe of Bath (f. 130); W[trimmed] (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
20.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 53vb-58va
First Lines:
Experience thouȝ non Auctorite
Were in this world is riȝt I now for me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue licence of this worthi Frere
Yis dame telle forth and I will hiere
Note: III.575-84, 609-12, 619-20, 717-20 omitted; spurious lines follow 343, 344.
Attributed Title: A Prolog of the wif of Bathe (f. 53v)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
21.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 120v-135
First Lines:
Experyence though none Auctorite
Were in this worlde right ynough to me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue licence of this worthy frere
Yes dame quod he telle forth and I wolle here
Note: Includes III.441-f; 197 omitted; spurious lines follow 136, 312; 433-4 reversed; 510 follows 536; 656 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: …And / begynneth the prologe of the wiff of Bathe (f. 120v); Here endith the Wyff of Bathes Prologe (f. 135)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
22.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 88-102v
First Lines:
Experience thouh noon auctorite
Were in this worlde is ryht y now to me…
Last Lines:
…Yif y haue lycence of this worthi frere
Yis dame quod he telle forth and y wol her
Note: III.90, 111, 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20, 777-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: & Incipit prologus Vxoris de Bathe (f. 88v, foot); Prolog of Bathe (RT); Explicit Prologus vxoris de Bathe… (f. 102v)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
23.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 51v-62v
First Lines:
Experience thogh noon auctorite
Were in this world is rygh I nogh for me…
Last Lines:
…Yif I haue licence of this worthi frere
Yis dame quod he telle forth and I wol here
Note: III.619-26, 717-20 omitted; 575-84 follow 586.
Attributed Title: …Here bigynneth the prologe of the Wyfes tale of bathe (f. 51v); The Wyf of bathe (RT); Here endyth the prologe of the wifes tale of bathe… (f. 62v)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
24.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 79-89v
First Lines:
Experience though noon auctoritee
Were in this world is right ynough for me…
Last Lines:
…Yf I haue licence of this worthy frere
Yis dame koth he tell forth and I woll here
Note: Includes III.44a-f.
Attributed Title: & incipit / Prologus vxoris de Bathe (f. 78v); Hic desinit prologus vxoris de Bath… (f. 89v)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
25.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], ff. 83-86v
First Lines:
…Wel but þat I axe whi the fifte man
Was none housbonde to þe samarithan…
Last Lines:
…Late goo fare wel þe deuel goo þere with
The flour is goon þere is no more to telle…
Note: III.1-20, 97-248, 478-856 lost; 378 omitted.
Attributed Title: The wyf Of bathe (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
26.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 81v-92
First Lines:
Experience thouh noon Auctorite
Were in this world is riht I nowh for me…
Last Lines:
…Yif I have licence of this worthi freere
Yis dame quod he telle forth and I wole heere
Note: III.575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20, 777-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: Heer begynneth the prolog of the wyves tale of bathe (f. 81v); The prolog of the wyff of bathe (RT); hic finitur prologus vxor de bathe… (f. 92, margin)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
27.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 89-97v
First Lines:
Experyence though non auctorite
Were in this worlde is right y nough for me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue licence of this worthi ffrere
Yes dame quod he tell forth thi tale I will here
Note: III.382, 575-84, 717-20 omitted; 609-12, 619-26 inserted in margin; provision made to insert 717-20 in margin.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prolog of the wif of Bathe (f. 89); The Wif of Bathe (RT); Here endith the prolog of the Wif of Bathe (f. 97v, following III.828); The wordis of þe ffrere (f. 97v, preceding III.829, in the margin)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
28.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 86v-97
First Lines:
Experiens þough noon auctorite
Were in þis world it were ynough for me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue licence of þis worþy frere
Ȝis dame quod he tel forþ and I schal heere
Note: III.575-84, 605-12, 619-26, 717-20 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Here bygynneth the prologe of the wyf of Bathe (f. 86v); The Wyf Of Bathe (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
29.Source: London, British Library Harley 7335, ff. 62-72v
First Lines:
…And euery hath of god a propre yift
Som this some that as hym m liketh shift…
Last Lines:
…Yif y haue licence of this worthi frere
Yis dame quod he telle forth and y wol here
Note: III.1-102 lost; 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20 omitted; spurious lines follow 758.
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
30.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 87-97
First Lines:
Than schortly ansewarde the wife of Bath
And swore a wonder grete haþe
By goddes bones I wil tel next
I will nouht close bot say þe text
Experiment þouhe none auctorite
Where in þis werlde is riht y nouhe for me…
Last Lines:
…Ȝif I haue lycence of þis worþi frere
Ȝis dame quod he tell forþe þi tale I wil here
Note: Four spurious lines added before III.1 to function as link (see above); 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus vxoris de Bath (f. 87); þe Wyf of Baþe (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Lansdowne Manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 7, 13, 20, 36, 43, 55, 69. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
31.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 123v-136v
First Lines:
Experimente þoughe none Auctoryte
Were in þis worlde righte ynoughe For me…
Last Lines:
…Yefe I haue lycence of this worthye Fryer
Yesse dame quod he telle Forþe thy tale I woll here
Note: Includes III.44a-f; 135 omitted; 259 inserted in margin; 138 follows 134; spurious lines follow 137, 332.
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth þe prolog of the wyf of bathe (f. 123v); Her Endeth the prolog of the Wyf of Baath… (f. 136v)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
32.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 105-115
First Lines:
Oure oost gan tho to loke vp anon
Gode men quod he herkeneth euerichon
As euere mote I drynk wyn or ale
This marchande hath I tolde a mery tale
How Ianuarie hadde a lither Iape
His wyf put in his hood an ape
But hereof I wil leue of as now
Dame wyf of Bath quod he I pray ȝow
Telle vs a tale now next after þis
Sire oost quod she so god my soule blis
As I fully therto wil consente
And also it is myn hole entente
To done ȝow alle disporte as þat I can
But holde me excused I am a woman
I can not reherse as these clerkes kune
And riȝt anon she hath hir tal bygune
Experience though noon auctorite
Were in þis world is right I nowȝ for me…
Last Lines:
…So blesse his sowle for his mercy dere
Now wole I seyn my tale if ȝe wil here…
Note: Sixteen spurious lines precede III.1 to function as link; 190; 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20, 739-48, 829-56 omitted; blank line follows 192 with ‘deficit’ in margin.
Attributed Title: …The prolog of the Wyf of Bathe (f. 105, margin); Here endith the prolog And begynneth the tale (f. 105, following spurious lines added as link [see above]) The Wyf of Bathe (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
33.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 103-114
First Lines:
Experyment þough non auctoryte
Were in þis worlde is riȝt ynouȝe for me…
Last Lines:
…Yf I haue licence of þis worþi frere
Ȝis dame quod he telle forthe þi tale I wolle here
Note: III.216, 378, 57584, 590, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20 omitted; 23-4 reversed.
Attributed Title: …Here begynnethe þe Prologe of þe wyf of Bathe (f. 102v); The wyf Of Bath (RT); Here endethe the prologe of the Wyf of Bathe… (f. 114)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
34.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 118-132
First Lines:
Experiment though non Auctorite
Were in this world is right I nowe for me…
Last Lines:
…Yf I have licence of this worthy frere
Yis dame quod he telle forthe thy tale I wille here
Note: III.138, 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth þe Prolog of the Wif of Bathe (f. 118); [A] Tale off the The Prolog off the Wiff of Bathe (RT); [T]He wiff off Bathes Prolog (RT); Here endith the Prolog of the Wyf of Bathe… (f. 132)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
35.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 58-68
First Lines:
Experience thogh noon Auctoritee
Were in this world is right ynogh for me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue licence of this worthy frere
Yis dame quod he tel forth and I wol heere
Note: III.575-84, 609-12, 717-20 omitted; 502 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the prologe of the tale / of the wyf of Bathe (f. 58); Here endeth the prologe of the wyf of Bathe (f. 68)
Facsimiles:
Ruggiers, Paul G., ed. The Canterbury Tales. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of the Hengwrt Manuscript, with Variants from the Ellesmere Manuscript. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma, and Folkestone: Wm. Dawson, 1979.
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Stubbs, Estelle, ed. The Hengwrt Chaucer Digital Facsimile (CD-ROM). Leicester, England: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2000.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Hengwrt Manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 3, 9, 27, 39, 51, 71. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
Blake, Norman F., ed. The Canterbury Tales. Edited from the Hengwrt Manuscript. York Medieval Texts, second series. London: Edward Arnold, 1980.
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Stubbs, Estelle, ed. The Hengwrt Chaucer Digital Facsimile (CD-ROM). Leicester, England: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2000.
36.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, ff. 87v-98v
First Lines:
Experiens þouȝ noon Autorite
were in this world is riȝt I nowȝ for me…
Last Lines:
…Yff I have licence of this worthy Frere
Ȝis Dame quod he tel forth ȝeur tale & I wol heer
Note: III.263-4, 448-9, 539-42, 575-84, 609-12, 717-20 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth the Wyff of bath hir prolog (f. 87v); Here endith the prolog of the Wyff of Bathe (follows 828 on f. 98v)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
37.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 45vb-50ra
First Lines:
Experyment though none auctorite
Were in þis world is right y nough for me…
Last Lines:
…Yf I haue licence of this worthy frere
Yes dame telle forth quod he and I wole here
Note: III.135-7, 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20, 808 omitted; spurious lines follow 343, 344.
Attributed Title: …And now begynneth the prolog of þe wyfe of Bathe (f. 45v); The Wyfe of Bathe (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
38.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 50ra-55rb
First Lines:
Experience though none auctoritee
Were in this werlde right ynowe for me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue licence of this worthy frere
Yis dame quod he tell forth and I woll here
Note: III.11-13, 45-50, 53-4. 73-4, 437-8, 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20, 739-48 omitted; blank line follows 9; 81-2 reversed.
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
39.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 108v-119
First Lines:
Experience though noon auctorite
Were in þis world is right ynogh for me…
Last Lines:
…Ȝif I haue licence of this worthy frere
Ȝis dame quod he tel forth þi tale I wol here
Note: III.378, 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And bigynneth / the prologe of the good wyf of Bathe Prologus (f. 108v, rubric); The wyf Of Bathe (RT); Thus endeth / the prologe of the Wyf of Bath The wordes of þe Frere (rubric, f. 118v, following 828)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
40.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 91v-102v
First Lines:
Experience þouȝ non auctorite
Were in þis world is riȝt I now for me…
Last Lines:
…Ief I haue license of þis worþi frere
Ȝis dame quod he telle forth I shall you here
Note: III.190, 575-84, 605-12, 619-26, 661, 686, 717-20, 778 omitted; 110 left blank and supplied later; spurious lines follow 664, 776; 757-8 reversed.
Attributed Title: The Wyf of Bathe (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
41.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 130-143
First Lines:
Experience though non Auctorite
Were in this world were Right Inow for me…
Last Lines:
…If I had licence of this worthy frere
Yis dame telforth and I wil here
Note: Text is disordered after 156, producing: 1-156, 429-50, 397-428, 451-78, 223-396, 157-222; III.378, 575-84, 609-12, 615-16, 619-26, 694, 703, 717-20 omitted; 223-4, 479-80, 735-6 reversed; spurious line follows 705.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Vxoris de bath (f. 129v); Explicit prologus… (f. 143)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
42.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 56v-64
First Lines:
Experience þough noon auctorite
Were right y nowgh in þis wordil for me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue licence of this worþi frere
Yis dame quod he tel forth & I schal you here
Note: Includes III.44a-f.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus fabule vxoris de Bathe (f. 56v); prologus fabule vxoris de Bathe (f. 56v, margin); Hic finitur prologus vxoris de Bathe… (f. 64)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
43.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 129v-141
First Lines:
Experience thouȝe noon autorite
Were in þis world riȝt ynouȝe for me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue licence of þis worþi frere
ȝis dame quod he telle forþ ȝoure tale we wil her
Note: III.575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneþ þe prologe of þe wif of Bathe (rubric, f. 129); þe Wiff Of Bath (RT); Explicit prologus… (rubric, f. 141); Thus endeþ the prologe of þe Wiff of Bath / and here bygynneth þe Tale (rubric, follows 828 on f. 140v)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Petworth MS of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 6, 12, 19, 35, 42, 54, 68. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Autotype Specimens of the Chief Chaucer MSS, Part II. Chaucer Society Series 1, no. 56. London: Trübner, 1876.
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
44.Source: Austin, University of Texas, Humanities Research Center HRC Pre-1700 MS 143 [olim Deene Park; post Cardigan-Brudenell, sold Sotheby’s, Feb. 1959], ff. 65-75
First Lines:
…Husbondes at the Cherche dore haue y wedded five
yif y so ofte myght haue weddid be…
Last Lines:
…Yif y haue licence of this worthy Frere
Yis Dame quod he tell furth and y shall you here
Note: Includes III.44a-f; III.1-5 lost.
Attributed Title: Wife of Bathe (RT); Hic finitur Prologus vxoris de Bathe… (f. 75)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
45.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 120v-134
First Lines:
Experience þeyh non auctorite
Were in þis world is ryth ynowh for me…
Last Lines:
…Ȝif y haue licence of þis worthy frere
Ȝis dame telle forth ȝoure tale & y wyl hit here
Note: III.195-6, 255-7, 260, 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 671, 717-20 omitted; 185-6, 509-10 reversed.
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
46.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 106v-117
First Lines:
Experience though noon auctorite
Were in this world is right ynow for me…
Last Lines:
…Ȝif I have licence of this worthy Frere
Ȝis dame quod he tel forth thy tale I wol here
Note: III.378, 575-84, 609-12, 717-20 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And bigynneth / the prologe of the goode Wyf of Bathe (f. 106v); Prologus (f. 106v, margin); The wyf Of Bathe (RT); Thus endeth the prologe of the Wyf of Bathe / The wordes of the Frere (follows 828 on f. 117)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
47.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 79-89
First Lines:
Experyens thowȝ non auctorite
Were in thys worlde ryght y now for me…
Last Lines:
…If y haue licence of thys worthy frere
Ȝys dam telle forth thy tale y woll hit here
Note: III.372-87, 412-51 lost; 388-411 partially lost (folio torn); 500, 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here bygynneth þe prologe of the wyff of Bathe (rubric, f. 79); The Wyff of Bathe (RT); Here endeth þe prologe of þe / good wyff of Bathe (rubric, follows 828 on f. 89)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
48.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 77-87
First Lines:
Experyence thogh non Autoryte
Were in this world is right I now for me…
Last Lines:
…Yf I have licence of this worthy ffrere
Dame quod he tel forth and wee wol here
Note: III.56-126, 563-629 lost; includes III.44a-f; 152, 157-9, 197, 381, 384 omitted; 433-4 reversed; spurious line follows 332.
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth þe wyfe of Bathe her Prolog (rubric, f. 77); Prologg (RT); Here endith the wyfe of Bathe her prolog… (rubric, f. 87)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
49.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 63-72
First Lines:
Experience though noon Auctoritee
Were in this world were right ynogh to me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue licence of this worthy frere
Yis dame quod he tel forth and I wol heere
Attributed Title: …The Prologe of the wyues tale of Bathe (f. 63); Biholde the wordes bitwene the Summonour and the Frere (follows 828 on f. 71v); Heere endeth the wyf of Bathe hir Prologe… (f. 72)
Facsimiles:
The Ellesmere Chaucer Reproduced in Facsimile. 2 vols. Preface by Alix Egerton. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1911.
Hanna, Ralph, ed. The Ellesmere Chaucer Reproduced in Facsimile. 2 vols. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1911. Preface by Alix Egerton repr. as The Ellesmere Manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: A Working Facsimile. Intro. Hanna; Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1989.
Woodward, Daniel, and Martin Stevens, eds. The New Ellesmere Chaucer Facsimile (Huntington MS EL 26 C 9). Tokyo: Yushodo, and San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1995: Now available in part online: http://dpg.lib.berkeley.edu/webdb/dsheh/heh_brf?CallNumber=El+26+C+9.
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Ellesmere Manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 2, 8, 16, 26, 32, 38, 50, 70. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
50.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 37vb-42rb
First Lines:
Experience þough non auctoritee
were in þis world is right ynough[gutter]…
Last Lines:
…yif I haue licence of this wurthi frere
yis dame quod he telle on for I wil heere
Note: III.61, 260-1, 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20 omitted; 656-7 reversed; spurious line follows 66.
Attributed Title: & subsequenter incipit prolo / gus fabule vxoris de bathe (f. 37vb); Explicit Prologus fabule vxoris / de bathe et consequenter sequntur / verba ffratris ad vxorum… (follows 828 on f. 42rb)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
51.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 22 [olim Sion College, Arc. L 40 2/E 23], ff. 30-47v
First Lines:
Experience thogh non auctorite
were in þis worlde is ryght I nough for me…
Last Lines:
…ȝif I haue licence of þis worthi frere
ȝis dame telle forth and I schall here
Note: Includes III.44a-f. 575-84, 686-9, omitted.
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
52.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 70-80v
First Lines:
Experience thouȝ non Auctorite
Were in this world is riȝt Inouȝ for me …
Last Lines:
…Yis dame quod he tell forth and I wol hiere
If I haue licence of this worthi frere
Note: Includes III.44a-f.
Attributed Title: Et incipit Prologus Vxoris de Bathe (f. 69); A prolog of the wif of Bathe (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
53.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 70rb-74vb
First Lines:
Experience thowgh noon Autoritee
Were in this worlde is Right I nowgh for mee…
Last Lines:
… Enpoysoned hadde for that sche was his foo
Lucia likerous louede hiere housbonde soo
Note: III.753-856 lost; 378, 380, 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Here be gynniht the Wyif of bathe prologge (f. 70rb); The wyif of bathe (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
54.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 71-81v
First Lines:
Experience though none auctorite
Were in this world is riȝt ynow for me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue licence of this worthi frere
Yis dame tel furth and I shal here
Note: III.452, 575-84, 609-12, 619-26, 717-20, 743-86 omitted.
Attributed Title: The wif of Bathis Prolog (rubric, f. 71)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Digital Facsimile of Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 48” .
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5082. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster, William Caxton, 1476] , ff. 130-144v
First Lines:
[E]Xperience though non auctorite
Were in this worlde is right ynow for me…
Last Lines:
…Yf I haue licence of this worthy frere
Yes dame quod he tel forth and I wol here
Note: Includes III.44a-f; 197 omitted; 433-4 reversed; 510 follows 536; spurious lines follow 136, 332.
Attributed Title: …And / begynneth the prolog of the wyf of Bathe (f. 139); Here endith the wyff of Bathes prologe… (f. 145)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Bordalejo, Barbara, ed. Caxton’s Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies. Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2003.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
2.Source: STC 5083. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster], W. Caxton, [1483] , sigs. q.7-s.2
First Lines:
[E]Experience though none auctorite
Were in thys world is right ynow for me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue lycence of thys worthy frere
Yes dame quod he telle forth and I wol here
Note: Includes III.4a-f.
Attributed Title: …And foloweth the prologe of the wif of Bathe (sig. q.6v); The Wyf of Bathe Prologe (RT); Here endeth the wyf of Bathes prologe (sig. s.2)
Facsimiles:
The Canterbury Tales (a facsimile of the Pepys copy of Caxton’s Second Edition). London: Cornmarket Reprints in association with Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1972.
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Bordalejo, Barbara, ed. Caxton’s Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies. Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2003.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
3.Source: STC 5084. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, R. Pynson, [1492] , sigs. s.2-t.7
First Lines:
[E]xperience though none auctorite
Were in this worlde is right ynough for me…
Last Lines:
…If I haue licence of this worthy frere
Yes dame quod he telle forth and I wol here
Note: Includes III.44a-f.
Attributed Title: …and folowith the prologe of the wyf of Bathe (sig. s.2); The wyf of Bathes prologue (RT); Here endith the Wyf of Bathes prologue… (sig. t.7)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. g.2va-h.1va
First Lines:
[E]Xperyence though none auctoryte
Were in this worlde is ryght ynow for me…
Last Lines:
…Yf I haue lycence of this worthy frere
Yes dame quod he tell forth and I woll here
Note: Includes III.44a-f.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the prologe of the wyf of bathes tale (sig. g.2va); The wyf of bathes tale (RT); Here endith the wyf of bathes pro / loge… (sig. h.1va)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Editions:
Robinson, Peter, ed. The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.