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DIMEV 145
A prentice whilom dwelt in our city
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Cook’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 58 lines in couplets.
Note: The Cook’s Tale is often regarded as fragmentary. In twenty-five manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales, the Tale of Gamelyn (3090) serves as a continuation of sorts.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Cook’s Tale; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; London; apprenticeship; fabliau; debauchery; herbergage
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 64v-65v
First Lines:
A prentis whilom dwelt in oure Cite
and of a crafft of vitaillers was he…
Last Lines:
…and hadde a wiff that helde for a contynaunce
a shoppe & swyved for hir sustynaunce
Attributed Title: …And / next folwith his tale of a prentise of londoun (f. 64v); The Cook (RT); Here endith the Cook his tale… (f. 65v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 50-51v
First Lines:
A Prentise whilom dwellid in oure Cite
And of a craft of vitailes was he…
Last Lines:
…And hade a wif þat held for contynaunce
A shoppe and swyuet for hure sustynaunce
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: …and here begynnyth þe tale (f. 52, rubric); The Coke (RT); But herof I wolle passe as now / And of ȝong Gamelyn I wil telle ȝow (f. 52v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 54v-55v
First Lines:
A prentys whilom dwelled in oure sitee
And of a crafte of vitallers was he…
Last Lines:
…A wife he hadde that helde her contenaunce
A shoppe and ever sche pleyed for his sustenaunce
What thorowe hym selfe and his felawe þat sought
Vnto a myschefe bothe þey were broght
The tone y dampned to preson perpetually
The tother to deth for he couthe not of clergye
And therfore yonge men lerne while ye may
That with mony dyvers thoghtes beth prycked al þe day
Remembre you what myschefe cometh of mysgouernaunce
Thus mowe ye lerne worschep and come to substaunce
Thenke how grace and governaunce hath broght hem a boune
Many pore mannys son chese state of þe towne
Euer rewle the after þe beste man of name
And god may grace þe to come to þe same
Note: Forty-five alliterating couplets are added throughout the text, including the twelve final lines transcribed above: six lines following I.4382; eight lines following 4388; two lines following 4390; six lines following 4398; four lines following 4410; and four lines following 4412.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Cookes tale (f. 54v); Here endeth the Cokes tale (f. 55v)
Editions:
Bowers, John M., ed. The Canterbury Tales: Fifteenth-Century Continuations and Additions. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 1992: 34-9.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 64v-65
First Lines:
A prentise dwelled whilom in oure Cite
Of a craft of vvitelers was hee…
Last Lines:
…And had a wife þat held for contenaunce
A shop and swifed for his sustenaunce
But here of I will passe as nowe
And of yong Gamelyne I will tell yowe
Note: I.4375-6 omitted. Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: …And next bigynneth / þe Cokes tale of þe prentise of london (f. 64v); The Cokes tale (RT)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 61v-62v
First Lines:
A prentys whilom duelled in oure citee
And of a craft of vitailers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wif þat helde for contenaunce
A shoppe and swyued for hire sustenaunce
Note: I.4339-40 reversed. Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090). An initial lombard ‘H’ is placed where an incipit should occur between the end of the Cook’s Prologe and the start of the Cook’s Tale, but no incipit follows the initial.
Attributed Title: þe prolog of þe coke (RT [sic]); HEre begynneþ þe cokes tale . Gamelyn . (f. 62v)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 66v-67v
First Lines:
[A] Prentys whilom dwellyd in oure cite
And of a craft of vytalers was he…
Last Lines:
…And had a wyf that held forth contynaunce
A shoppe and swyfed for hir sustenaunce
But here of I will passe as now
Of ȝong Gamelyn I will telle ȝow
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 28-29
First Lines:
A Prentys som tyme dwelled in oure cyte
And of a craft of vytaile was he…
Last Lines:
…And had a wyf that hured for a contynaunce
A shoppe & swyued for hur sustynaunce
And thus with horedom & bryberye
To geder thei vsed all thei honged hye
ffor who so euel byeth shal make a sory sale
And thus I make an ende of my tale
Note: I.4381-2 reversed; spurious lines follow 4394, 4396, and 4422 (the latter transcribed above).
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the Cookes tale (f. 28); The Cook (RT)
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 61-61v
First Lines:
…And ther they setten steuene for to mete
And playen at the dys in such a strete…
Last Lines:
…And had a wif that helde for contenaunce
A shoppe and swyued for her sustenaunce
Note: Prologue and I.4365-82 lost.
Attributed Title: Here endith the Cookes tale (f. 61v)
9.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 57v-58v
First Lines:
A Prentise whilom dwelled in oure Citee
Of a crafte of vitaillers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wife that helde for countenaunce
A shoppe and swyued for sustynaunce
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: Narrat (f. 57v); here begynnytht the Cokys tale &cetera (f. 58v)
10.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 61v-62
First Lines:
A Prentys whilom dwelled in oure Citee
And of a craft of vitaillers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wyf þat heeld for contynance
A schoppe and swyued for hire sustynance
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 61v); C.miiij.m (f. 61v, margin)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
11.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 52-52v
First Lines:
A Prentys whilom duelt yn our cite
Of acraft of vitaillers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde A wif þat held for contenaunce
A shoppe and swyued for hir sustenaunce
Note: I.4351-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth his / tale (f. 52); Cook (f. 52, margin); Cook (RT); Here endith þe cokys tale… (f. 52v)
12.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 59v-60v
First Lines:
A prentise whilom duellid in hour cite
and of crafte of vitaileris was he…
Last Lines:
…and had a wif that held for cuntenaunce
a schop and swiue for hir coisutenaunce sustinaunce
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: Prologus Coci (f. 59v); Coke (RT)
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 53-53v
First Lines:
A prentys whilom dwelled in oure Citee
Of a craft of vetayleres was he…
Last Lines:
…And had a wyf þat held for countenaunce
A shoppe and swyued for hire sustenaunce
Note: A thirteen-line gap follows, with the explicit on the following recto.
Attributed Title: The Cookes Tale (f. 53); Sic desinit fabula Coci… (f. 54, above the written space)
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).
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 51v-52
First Lines:
A prentyse dwelled whilome in oure cite
Of a crafte of vytillers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wyfe that helde for countenaunce
A shoppe and swyved for hir sustenaunce
But here of I wil passe as nowe
And of yonge Gamelyn I will telle you
Note: I.4375-6 omitted. Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: Here endeth the prologe of the Coke / And here begynneth his tale (f. 52); Coke (RT)
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 48-48v
First Lines:
A Prentys whilom dwelled in oure Citee
And of a Crafte of viteyllers was he…
Last Lines:
…And had a wyffe yat he held for continance
A schoppe and swived for hire sustenaunce
But herof I will passe as nowe
And of ȝonge gamelyne I will tell ȝowe
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: …and here begynneth þe tale (f. 48); The Cokes tale (RT)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 64v-65
First Lines:
[A] Prentys whilom dwelled in oure Cyte
And of crafte a vyteler was he…
Last Lines:
…And had a wyf that held for countenauns
A schop and swyued for hur sustynauns
But her of woll y passe as now
And of Gamelyn y woll tell yow
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: The Cokes Tale (f. 64v); The C[trimmed] (RT); The Cokes Tale (f. 65)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 25vb-26ra
First Lines:
A Prentice whilom duellid in oure Cite
And of craft of Vitaillers was he…
Last Lines:
…An had a wif that helde for contenaunce
A shoppe and swiued for her sustenaunce
Attributed Title: A Tale of the Cook of Londoun (f. 25vb)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 73-73v
First Lines:
A Prentes whilom dwelt in oure Cite
Of Craft of vitaillers was he…
Last Lines:
…And had wiff that holde for contenaunce
A shoppe and swyvede for his sustenaunce
Note: I.4351-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth his tale (f. 73); Here endeth the Cokes tale… (f. 73v)
19.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 66-67
First Lines:
A Preyntes whilom dwelt in our Cyte
And of a craft of vitelers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wyf that helde for contynaunce
A shoppe and swyvyng for her sustinaunce
Attributed Title: & Incipit Fabula euisdem (f. 66); Coke (RT); Explicit fabula coqui… (f. 67)
20.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 215-215v
First Lines:
A Prentis whilom dwelled in our Citee
And of a crafte of vitailers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wif that heeld for contenance
A shoppe and swyued for hir sustance
Attributed Title: …Here bigynneth the Cookes tale (f. 215); the Cook (RT)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
21.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], f. 55v-64
First Lines:
A prentys whilom dwelled in oure Citee
Of a Craft of vitailers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hade a wyf þat held for contenaunce
A Shop and swyfed for hir sustenaunce
Note: An eighteenth-century copy of Tale of Gamelyn (3090), with the notation ‘The Cokes | Tale as it | is in MS. | Laud K50’ [=Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476)], is inserted between what were ff. 55-56, with f. 56 now refoliated as f. 64.
Attributed Title: Thus endeth the Cokes tale… (f. 56)
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).
22.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], f. 37
First Lines:
…Wel bet is roten appel out of hoord
Than þat it rotie all þe remenant…
Last Lines:
…And had a wyf þat held for contynaunce
A shoppe and swyfed for here sustenaunce
But hereof I wil passe as now
And of ȝonge Gamelyn I will telle ȝow
Note: Prologue (I.4325-4364) and 4365-4405 lost. Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: The Coke (RT)
23.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 63v-64v
First Lines:
[A] Prentys whilom dwelt in our cite
And of a craft of vitilers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wyf that held for contynaunce
A shoppe & swyvyng for her sustinaunce
Attributed Title: Chaunces maad no moor of the cookis tale… (f. 64v)
24.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 59vb-60ra
First Lines:
A Prentis whilome dwellid in oure Citee
And of a craffte of victaleris was he…
Last Lines:
…And had A wyff þat held for covntenaunce
A shoppe And swyued for her sustenaunce
Attributed Title: Off þis tale chauncier made namore / Nowe this eondith here þe cookes tale… (f. 60ra)
25.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 58-58v
First Lines:
A Prentys dwelled whilom in oure Citee
Of a craft of vitaillers was he…
Last Lines:
…And þus þe ioly prentys had his leue
Now let hym ryot al þe night or leue
Note: I.4375-6, 4415-22 omitted; 4413-14 written as one one at foot. Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: icy commencera le / fable de Gamelyn (f. 58v, foot of the page, scribe’s informal hand)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
26.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 53v-54v
First Lines:
A Prentis whilom duelled in oure Cite
And of a craft of vitaillers was he…
Last Lines:
…And had a wife þat helde for countinance
A schoppe and swyued for his sustenance
ffye þer one it is so foule I wil nowe tell no forþere
ffor schame of þe harlotrie þat seweþ after
A velany it were þare of more to spell
Bot of a knyhte & his sonnes My tale I wil forþe tell
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 53v); þe Coke (RT)
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.
27.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 65v-675
First Lines:
A prentyse whylome dwelte in ower Cytte
And of A craffte of vitayllers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wyfe þat helde ffor countenaunce
A schoppe and swyuede ffor her sustynaunce
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: …And begynnythe / the tale of the Coke (f. 65v); Her endeth o tale of the Cooke & her folowyth a nother / tale of the same cooke (f. 67)
28.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 56-56v
First Lines:
A Prentys whilom dwelled in oure citee
And of a draft of vitalere was he…
Last Lines:
…And had a wif þat held for contynance
A shope and swyfed for hire sustynance
But here of I wil passe as now
And of ȝong Gamelyne I wil telle ȝow
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: …And begynneth þe tale (f. 56); The Cook (RT)
29.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 50v-51v
First Lines:
A Prentis whilom dwellid in oure citee
And of a craft of vitalers was he…
Last Lines:
…And had a wif þat held for contynaunce
A shope and swyfed for hir sustynaunce
But here of I wil passe as now
And of ȝong Gamelyne I wil telle ȝou
Note: I.4392 omitted. Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: …and be gynnyth þe tale (f. 50v, margin); The Cook (RT)
30.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 70-71
First Lines:
A Prentys whilom dwellid in oure cite
And of A craft of vitaillers was he…
Last Lines:
…And had a wyf that helde for contenaunce
A shoppe and swyved for hir sustenaunce
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth his tale folwyng (f. 70); [T]He Cookes tale (RT)
31.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 57-57v
First Lines:
A Prentis whilom dwelled in oure Citee
And of a craft of vitaillers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wyf that heeld for contenaunce
A shoppe and swyued for hir sustenaunce
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the Cook his tale (f. 57); Of this Cokes tale / maked Chaucer na / moore (f. 57v, margin, hand of scribe)
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.
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.
Stubbs, Estelle, ed. The Hengwrt Chaucer Digital Facsimile (CD-ROM). Leicester, England: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2000.
32.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), f. 23vb-24ra
First Lines:
A Prentys whilom duelled in oure Cite
And of a crafte of vitailers was he…
Last Lines:
…And had a wyfe þat he held for countynaunce
A shoppe and swyved for hir sustenaunce
But hereof I wole passe as now
And of yong Gamelyn I wole telle yow
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: …and now / begynneth the Tale of the Coke (f. 23vb); The Coke (RT)
33.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 57-57v
First Lines:
A Prentys whilom dwelled in oure Cite
And of a craft of vitaillers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde wyf þat heeld for countenaunce
A shoppe and swyued for hir sustenaunce
But here of I wol passe as now
And of ȝonge Gamelyn I wol telle ȝow
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: …And now bigynneth þe tale (f. 57); Cook (RT)
34.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, f. 53
First Lines:
…And for there is no theef withouten a lowk
That helpeth hym to waste and to sowk…
Last Lines:
…And had a wyff that held for countenaunce
A shoppe and swyued for hir sustenaunce
Note: I.4365-414 lost.
35.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 77-78
First Lines:
A Prentice whilom dwelled in oure citee
And of craft a vitailler was he…
Last Lines:
…And had a wif that hield for countenaunce
A shoppe and swyved for hir sustenaunce
Of this Cookes tale makith Chauncer no more
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 77); Here endith the Cookes tale… (f. 78)
36.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 46-46v
First Lines:
A Prentis whilom dwelde in oure Cite
Of a Crafte of þe vitallers was hee…
Last Lines:
…& had a wife þat helde for countenaunce
A shoppe and swyved for here sustenaunce
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula Coci Londoun (f. 46); ffabula Coci londoun (f. 46, margin); Explicit fabula Coci londoun (f. 46v)
37.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 61-62
First Lines:
A Prentis whilom dwelled in oure Cite
And of a craft of vitalers was he…
Last Lines:
…And a had a wif þat helde for countenaunce
A Shop and swyued for her sustenaunce
But here of I wil pas as nowe
And of yonge Gamelyn I wil telle ȝou
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneþ þe Cokes tale (f. 61); The Cokes Tale (f. 61, margin)
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.
38.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. 50-5q
First Lines:
A prentise whilom dwelde in oure Cite
Of a crafte of vitellers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wif that hilde for countenaunce
A Shoppe and swyvid for hure sustenaunce
Attributed Title: Incipit Fabula Coci (f. 50); Fabula Coci (f. 50, margin); Finitur fabula Coci (f. 51)
39.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 9v-10v
First Lines:
A prentys sumtyme dwelled in oure cite
And of a craft of vitayllers was he…
Last Lines:
…And had a wyf þat hyred for continance
A shop & swyued for her sustinance
And þus with hordam and briberie
Togeder þei vsed tyl hanged hye
For who so euel byeth shal make a sory sale
And þus I make an ende of my tale
Note: I.4381-2 reversed; spurious lines after 4394, 4396, 4422 (for the latter see transcription above).
40.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], f. 61v-62
First Lines:
A Prentys whilom dwelled in oure cite…
Last Lines:
…A shoppe and swyued for hir sustenaunce
But hereof I wol passe as now
And of yonge Gamelyn I wol telle yow
Note: Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: …And now bygynneth the tale (f. 61v)
41.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/2 [olim Rosenbach 158; prior W. A. White], ff. 2v
First Lines:
A prentise whylom dwellid in this Cete
Of a craft of vittellers was he…
Last Lines:
…For he was clepid Perkyn reveloure
He was as ful of love and paramoure…
Note: All after I.4372 lost.
Attributed Title: …and here begynnyth his tale (f. 2v)
42.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], f. 34-34v
First Lines:
A Prentise whylom dwelt in our Cete
Of a Craft of vitelers was he…
Last Lines:
…nd had a wyfe that he held for contenaunce
A Shoppe and swyvid for her sustenaunce
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Cokis tale (f. 34); Here endith the Cooke his tale… (f. 34v)
43.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 47-47v
First Lines:
A Prentys whilom dwelled in oure Citee
And of a craft of vitailliers was hee…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wyf that heeld for contenance
A shoppe and swyued for hir sustenance
Note: The remainder of 47v and the following folio are left blank.
Attributed Title: Heere bigynneth the Cookes tale (f. 47); Cook (RT)
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.
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.
44.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 52v-53
First Lines:
A prentys whilom duellid in oure cite
Of a craft of vitaillers was he…
Last Lines:
…And had a wif that helde for contenaunce
A shoppe and swifed for hir sustenaunce
Attributed Title: Hiere beginneth the tale of the Cook of Londoun (f. 52v); cookes tale (RT); Thus endith the Cookes tale (f. 53)
45.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], f. 45ra-45rb
First Lines:
A prentyis whilvm dwelde in owre Citee
And of a craft offe vetaleris was hee…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wyif that heeld forht cvntenawnce
A schoppe and swivede for here svstenawnce
Note: I.4408 inserted vertically in space between columns. Followed by the Tale of Gamelyn (3090).
Attributed Title: Explicit the cokis tale (f. 45rb)
46.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 45, Part III (SC 6928), ff. 1-2v
First Lines:
A prentys whilom dwelled in oure citee
Note: Chaucer’s Cook’s Tale, beginning line I.4365 of the Canterbury Tales.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5082. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster, William Caxton, 1476] , ff. 76-77
First Lines:
[A] Prentis whilom duelt in our cyte
Of craft of vitaillers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wyf that held for contenaunce
A shoppe & swyued for hir sustenaunce
Note: Spurious line follows I.4402.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth his tale (f. 76); Here endith the Cokys tale… (f. 77)
Facsimiles:
Bordalejo, Barbara, ed. Caxton’s Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies. Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2003.
2.Source: STC 5083. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster], W. Caxton, [1483] , sigs. i.5-i.6
First Lines:
[A] Prentis whylom dwelt in our cyte
Of craft of vytayllers was he …
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wyf that held for contenaunce
A shop & swyued for hyr sustenaunce
Attributed Title: …And begynneth hys tale (sig. i.4v); The Cokis tale (RT); Here endyth the Cokys Tale… (sig. i.6)
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.
Bordalejo, Barbara, ed. Caxton’s Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies. Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2003.
3.Source: STC 5084. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, R. Pynson, [1492] , sigs. h.2v-h.3v
First Lines:
[A] Prentyes whilom duelt in oure cyte
Of craft of vytallers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wyf that helde for contenaunce
A shoppe and swyued for her sustenaunce
Attributed Title: …And begynneth his tale (sig. h.2v); The Cokes Prologue (RT); Here endith the Cokes Tale… (sig. h.3v)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sig. e.6va-e.7ra
First Lines:
[A] Prentis whylom dwelte in our cyte
Of crafte of vytayllers was he…
Last Lines:
…And hadde a wyf that helde for contenaunce
A shop and swyued for her sustenaunce
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth his tale (sig. e.6rb); The Cokes Tale (RT); Here endeth the cokys tale… (sig. e.7ra)