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In Flanders whilom was a company
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Pardoner’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 506 lines in couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Pardoner’s Tale; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; Flanders; Cupiditas; Death
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 242v-249v
First Lines:
IN fflaundres whilum was a companye
of yonge folke that haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…and as we dide lete vs laugh & pleye
anoon thei kissed & riden forth here weye
Attributed Title: the Pardoner (RT); Here endith the Pardonere his tale… (f. 249v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 186v-193v
First Lines:
In flaundres wilom was a companye
Of ȝong folke þat haunted folie…
Last Lines:
…And as we did lete vs lawhe and pleie
Anon þei kussed and riden forth her weie
Note: VI.791-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: here endith þe / pardoners tale… (f. 193v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 134-140
First Lines:
[I]N fflaundirs whilom was a cumpanye
Of yong fok that hauntid folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we did lat us laugh and pleye
And anon they kist and ridde furth her wey
Note: VI.872 omitted; 791-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: The Pardoners tale (f. 14)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 154v-161
First Lines:
In flaundres whilome was a compaignye
Of yonge folke þat hauntedden folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we deden lete vs lagh and pley
Anon they kiste and riden forth hir wey
Note: VI.669 omitted; spurious line inserted at foot to follow 670.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth his tale (f. 154v); Perdoner (RT); Here endeth the Perdoners tale… (f. 161)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 158v-164v
First Lines:
In fflaundres whilom was a company
Of yong folk that haunted foly…
Last Lines:
…And as we deden lete vs lagh and play
Anoon thei kissed and riden forth her way
Attributed Title: …And next beginneth / þe Pardoners tale (f. 158v); The Pardoner (RT); Here endeth þe Pardoners tale… (f. 164v)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 209v-216v
First Lines:
In flaundres whilom was a companye
Of yonge fok þat haunted folie…
Last Lines:
…And as we dide lete vs laugh and plai
And anoon þei kist and riden forþ her wai
Note: VI.791-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: þe pardoner (RT); Here endeþ þe Pardoner… (f. 216v)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 219v-227
First Lines:
[I]N flaundres whilome was a companye
Of ȝong men þat haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we did lete vs lawh and play
And anone þei kissed and ryden forth her waye
Note: VI.530, 872 omitted; 791-2 reversed.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 95v-99
First Lines:
IN flaundres whilom was a company
Of yonge folke that hauntid foly…
Last Lines:
…And as we did late vs laugh and play
And anon thei kist and reden forth her way
Note: VI.420, 872 omitted; 791-2 reversed; 945 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: fab (f. 95v, margin); the pardoner (RT); here endith the pardoners tale… (f. 99)
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 167v-175
First Lines:
In flaundres whilom was a companye
Of yong folk that haunted foly…
Last Lines:
…And as we did let us lauȝe and pley
Anon they kissed and riden forth her wey
Note: VI.809-10, 817-18, 867, 926 omitted; spurious line follows 868.
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth his tale folwing (f. 167v); Pardoner (RT); Here endith the Pardoners tale… (f. 175)
10.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 121v-127v
First Lines:
In fflaundres whilom was a companye
Of yonge folke that haunteden folie…
Last Lines:
…And as we diden late vs laughe & pleye
Anoon they kyste and riden forth hire weye
Attributed Title: Here is ended the Pardoners tale… (f. 127v)
11.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 197-204
First Lines:
IN fflaundres whilom was a companye
Of ȝong folk þat haunteden folye…
Last Lines:
…and as we dide let vs laughe and pleye
Anon þey kisse and ryden forþ here weye
Note: VI.603-4, 62 omitted; 679-80 reversed; spurious lines follow 487, 488.
Attributed Title: Pardoneres (RT, rubric); Explicit fabula Pardoner (f. 204, margin)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
12.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 190-197v
First Lines:
IN flaundris sumtyme was a company
Of yonge folk þat hauntedyn foly…
Last Lines:
…And as we did let vs lawȝe and pley
Anon they kissid and riden forth her wey
Note: VI.622, 869 omitted; spurious lines follow 488, 870, 926; 679-80, 697-8, 959-60 reversed.
Attributed Title: Pardoner (RT); Here endith þe Pardoneris tale… (f. 197v)
13.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 176-184v
First Lines:
IN fflaundres whilome was a companie
of yonge folke that hauntid foly…
Last Lines:
…and as we dedyn late vs laugh and play
and now thei kissid and ride forth hir wey
Note: VI.507-8, 646, 810, 872 omitted; 791-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 176); Pardoner (RT); Explicit fabula Pardoner… (f. 182v)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 144-149v
First Lines:
IN fflaundres whilom was a compaignye
Of ȝonge folk that haunteden folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we diden lat vs laughe and pleye
Anoon they kisten & reden forth here weye
Note: Pardoner’s Tale ends on f. 149v, leaving the final third of the verso and following recto blank.
Attributed Title: Et nunc narrat fabulam suam (f. 143v, margin)
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).
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 305-312v
First Lines:
IN flaunderys whilhom dwellede a cumpanye
Of ȝonge folk that hauntedyn folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we ded lat vs laughe & pleye
Anon they kyste & rede forth here weye
Note: VI.743-4 omitted; 646, 810, 896 inserted at foot; 672 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth the Pardounner his tale (f. 305, rubric); Here endith the pardonneris tale (f. 311v)
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).
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.
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 173-178v
First Lines:
In flaundres some tyme were a companye
Of yonge folke that hauntyd folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we ryde lete vs laughe and play
Anoone they kissed and riden forth her way
Note: VI.560, 646, 682, 696, 743-4, 746, 858, 870, 952 omitted; 679-80, 959-60 reversed; spurious lines follow 487, 488, 868.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth his tale (f. 173); Pardoner (RT); Here Endeth the pardoner his tale… (f. 178v)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 191v-197
First Lines:
IN flaundres whilom was a companye
Of ȝonge folke þat haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we dide let us lagh and pleye
And onon þei kissed and riden forth þer weye
Note: VI.872-7, 882 omitted; 791-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: ffabula (f. 191v, margin); þe pardoner (RT); Here endeth þe pardoners tale… (f. 197)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 202-207v
First Lines:
[I]N fflaundres somtyme was a Company
Of yong fok that haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…Nay nay quoth he than haue y cristes curse
The pepull at her wordes lowh
No more of this for hit is right ynowh
But Iesu sende us þat grace
That in heuen to haue oure euer dwellyng plase
Note: VI.513-34, 541-50, 553-74, 579-88, 599-602, 541-50, 553-74, 579-88, 599-602, 641-18, 684, 699-704, 757-8, 806-9, 821-2, 872, 889-92, 927-42, 947-60, 963-8 omitted; 791-2 reversed; spurious lines follow 962 (see above).
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 78va-81va
First Lines:
In fflaundres whilom were a companie
Of yong folk þat haunted foly…
Last Lines:
…And as we did late vs laughe and pleye
Anon they kissed and riden forth her weye
Note: VI.926 omitted.
Attributed Title: Narrat (f. 78va); Hiere endith the Pardoners tale… (f. 81va)
20.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 179v-185v
First Lines:
IN flaundres somtyme was a compenye
Of yonge folke that haunten folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we did let vs laughe and pley
Anone they kyssede and riden forth her wey
Note: VI.527-628, 826, 869 omitted; spurious lines follow 487, 488, 870, 926.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the Pardeners Take (f. 179); Here endeth the Pardoneres Tale… (f. 185v)
21.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 210-220
First Lines:
In fflaundris whilom was a companye
Of yong folke that haunteden folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we did tofore lat vs lauh and pleye
Anoon they kysten and riden forth ther wey
Note: VI.468, 478-9 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit narracio ffabule (f. 210); Pardoner (RT); Explicit fabula Questoris… (f. 220)
22.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25718, ff. 55-63v
First Lines:
In fflaundres whilom was acompany
Of Ioglours that haunted foly…
Last Lines:
…And as we did let vs laughe and pleye
Anon thei kysse and ride forth her weye
Note: VI.480, 926 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 55); Here endeth the Pardoners tale (f. 63v; only three lines and explicit on verso, with the rest blank)
23.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 150v-157v
First Lines:
In flaundre whilom was a compaigny
Of yonge folk that haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we did lat vs laugh and pleye
Anon thei kisse and riden forth hir weye
Note: VI.646 omitted.
Attributed Title: here bigynneth the Pardoners tale (f. 150v); the pardoner (RT)
Editions:
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. 165-171
First Lines:
IN fflaundres whilom was a companye
Of yong folk þat haunteden folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we deden let vs laugh and pleye
Anon they kisten and riden forth her weie
Attributed Title: Sic desinit fabula de le Pardoner… (f. 171)
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).
25.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], ff. 138-142v
First Lines:
…Allas þe schort þrote the tendre mouth
Maketh þat Est West north & south…
Last Lines:
…And as we dide late vs lawhe & play
Anoon þei kissed and riden forth her way
Note: VI.463-516, 563-670 lost; 872, 907 omitted; 791-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: The Pardoner (RT)
26.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 173v-180
First Lines:
[I]N fflaundris whilom was a companye
Off yonge folk that haunteden folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we dede tofore lat vs lauh and pleye
Anoon thei kisten and riden foorth ther weye
Note: VI.478-9 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit Narracio (f. 173v); The pardoner is tale (RT); Heer eendith the pardoneris tale… (f. 180)
27.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 152v-158
First Lines:
IN fflaundris whilom was a companye
Of yong folk that haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we dide lete vs laugh & pleie
And anon thei kissed and riden forth her weie
Note: VI.872 omitted; 791-2 reversed. Large blank space between the end of the Pardoner’s Tale and the spurious ‘Shipman’s Prologue’.
Attributed Title: The Pardoner (RT); Here endith the tale of the Pardoner… (f. 158)
28.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 95vb-97rb
First Lines:
IN flaunderis whilom was a company
Of yong folke that haunten foly…
Last Lines:
…So graunt yow his prdon to resseyve
ffor that is best I wolle yow not disseyve
Note: VI.46, 622, 695, 869, 919-68 omitted; 679-80 reversed; spurious lines follow 487, 620, 696, 870.
Attributed Title: Here Endithe the Pardoner his tale… (f. 97rb)
29.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 187v-194
First Lines:
IN fflaundres whilom was a companye
Of ȝonge folkes þat haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we dede let vs laugh and play
Anoon þay kisse and riden forþ her way
Note: VI.478-9 omitted; 711-12 reversed; blank lines follow 717, 718 with ‘caret versus’ noted in the margin.
Attributed Title: Narrat (f. 187v); Pardoneres Tale (RT); Here endeth þe pardoneres tale… (f. 194)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
30.Source: London, British Library Harley 7335, ff. 160v-163v
First Lines:
[I]N fflandres was whilom a compaignye
Of yonge folk that hauntedyn folye…
Last Lines:
…Ther cam a priue theef men clepen deth
That in this contre al the peple sleth…
Note: VI.565-77, 595-610, everything after 676 lost; 560-4, 588-91 partially lost. Catchphrase ‘And with his spere’ at the foot of f. 163v.
Attributed Title: ffirst he repreuyth the vice of glotonye (f. 160v, placed as heading to the Tale)
31.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 174v-180v
First Lines:
Bot þan spak oure Hoste vnto Maister schipman
Maister quod he to us summe tale tel ȝe can
Where withe ȝe myht glad al þis company
If it were ȝoure pleseinge I wote wele sekurlye
Sertes quod þis Schipman a tale I can tell
And þerfore herkeneþ hyderward how þat I wil spell
In flaundres whilom was a compaignie
Of ȝonge folke þat hawten folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we dide now late vs lauhe & pleie
Anone þei kisse and reden forþe þeire weye
Note: Introduced by a spurious 6-line link. VI.466, 603-4, 622, 646 omitted; 679-80 reversed; spurious lines follow 487, 488, 620.
Attributed Title: þe Pardonere (RT); Explicit fabula questoris… (f. 180v)
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.
32.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 220-227v
First Lines:
In flaundres whilom was a company
Of yong folk that haunted foly…
Last Lines:
…And as we dide late vs laugh and play
And anon they kyssed and ryden forth ther way
Note: VI.872 omitted; 555-6 reversed. Blank space of ten lines follows the end of Pardoner’s Tale with no explicit.
33.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 179v-185v
First Lines:
[I]N flaundres whilome was a companye
Of ȝong folk þat haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we dide lete vs lawh and play
And anoon þei kissed and riden forth her way
Note: VI.530, 872 omitted; 791-2 reversed
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the tale (f. 179v); The pardoner (RT)
34.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 184v-191v
First Lines:
In flaundres whilome was a companye
Of yonge folke þat haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we dyd let vs lauȝe and play
And anone þei kyssed and riden forth her way
Note: VI.872-7 omitted; 791-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: The Pardonere (RT); Here endeth þe tale of þe Pardonere… (f. 191v)
35.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 224-232v
First Lines:
In fflaunders whilom was on a companye
Of yong folke that haunteden folie…
Last Lines:
…And as we dede lete vs laughe and pleie
And with that worde they riden forthe here weye
Note: VI.603-4, 622 omitted; 679-80 reversed; spurious lines follow 487, 488, 620; 466 blank; 846, 884 inserted at foot.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth his tale folowyng (f. 224); [A] tale of the Pardoner (RT); Here endith the Pardoners tale… (f. 232v)
36.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 197v-203v
First Lines:
IN fflaundres whilom was a company
Of yonge folk that haunteden folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we diden lat vs lawe and pleye
Anon they kiste and ryden forþ hir weye
Attributed Title: [tear]ere begynneth the Pardoners tale (f. 195v); The Pardoner (RT); Here is ended the Pardoners tale (f. 203v)
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.
37.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, ff. 163-169v
First Lines:
In fflaundris whilom was a company
Of yong folk that hauntid foly…
Last Lines:
…And as ye did so let vs lauȝe and pley
Anon they kissid and rode forth hir wey
Note: VI.889-92 omitted; 479-80 follow 477; spurious lines follow 715, 716.
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth he his tale (f. 163); Here endith the Pardonere his tale… (f. 169v)
38.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 60rb-62va
First Lines:
IN fflaundres whilom was a companye
Of yong folk þat haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we dide lete vs laugh and pleye
A noone þei kyssed and riden foth her weye
Note: VI.809-10, 817-18, 867 omitted; spurious line follows 868.
Attributed Title: The tale of Pardyner (f. 60rb); the Pardoner (RT)
39.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 190-196
First Lines:
IN fflaundres whilom ther was a companye
Of yong folke that haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we dide late vs lawgh and play
And anon þei cussed and riden forth her way
Note: VI.615, 858 omitted.
Attributed Title: The Pardoner (RT); Here endeth the pardoner his tale… (f. 196v)
40.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 175v-182
First Lines:
IN flaundris sumtyme was a companye
Of ȝonge folk that hauntid folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we dede lete vs lauȝe and pleye
Anon þey kissede and reden forth hir weye
Note: VI.746, 809-10 omitted; 356, 660 left blank and supplied later; 791-2 reversed. About a third of f. 182 left blank with ‘hic deficit prologus’ written in the margin.
Attributed Title: Perdoner (RT); Here endith the pardoners tale (f. 182, heavily stained);
41.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 235v-244
First Lines:
IN flaundris whilom was a companye
Of yong folk that haunteiden folie…
Last Lines:
…And as we dide late vs laugh and pleye
Anon they kist and riden furth theyr wey
Note: VI.879-80 reversed; spurious line follows 488.
Attributed Title: Incipit ffabula (f. 235v); Explicit fabula (f. 244, margin)
42.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 116-120v
First Lines:
In fflaundres whilom was a Compenye
Of yong folk that haunted ffolie…
Last Lines:
…And as we dede lete vs laugh and pley
Anon þei kisten and reden forth here wey
Note: VI.879-80 reversed; spurious line follows 488.
Attributed Title: Pardonere (RT); Here endith the pardoners tale… (f. 120v)
43.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 217v-224
First Lines:
IN fflaundres whilom was a companye
Of yonge folk þat haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we did lat vs lauȝe and play
And anon þei kissed and riden forþ her way
Note: VI.872 omitted; 791-2 reversed; 743 inserted at foot.
Attributed Title: Thus endeþ þe pardoners tale… (f. 224); The Pardonere (RT)
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.
44.Source: Austin, University of Texas, Humanities Research Center HRC Pre-1700 MS 46 [olim Chicago, Newberry Library, Louis H. Silver 2; prior Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 159, prior Phillipps 6750], ff. 1ra-1va
First Lines:
…And þanne shal al this gold departed bee
My deere freend bitwixe me and thee…
Last Lines:
…And as we diden lat vs laughe & pleye
[A]noon they kiste and riden forth hire weye
Note: Fragment, VI.463-830 lost.
Attributed Title: Heere endeth the Pardoners / tale (f. 1va)
45.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. 146v-152
First Lines:
In fflaundres whilom was a companie
Of yonge folke that haunteden folie…
Last Lines:
…And as we deden let vs laugh and pley
Anon they kisten and riden furth there wey
Note: VI.791-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth his tale et cetera (f. 146); Pardonere (RT); Here endeth the Pardoners tale… (f. 152)
46.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 190v-196v
First Lines:
In fflaundres whilom ther was a companye
Of yong folk that haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we dide late vs lawgh and play
And anoon they cussed and riden forth her way
Note: VI.615, 872 omitted; 791-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here endeth the pardoners tale… (f. 196v); The Pardoner (RT)
47.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 145v-151v
First Lines:
IN flaundres whylom was a companye
Of ȝonte folke that haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we dede lette vs lawȝ and pleye
Anon they kyssede and ryden forth here weye
Note: VI.872 omitted; 791-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: The Pardoner (RT); Here endeth the tale of the pardonere (f. 152)
48.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 149-154
First Lines:
In fflaundris whilom were a company
Of ȝong folk that hauntyn foly…
Last Lines:
…Thus endid be these homycidis to
And eke the Empoysoner also
Note: VI.547-50, 555-61, 565-6, 571-8, 599-602, 617-20, 622, 627-8, 643-8, 895-968 omitted; 679-80, 697-98 reversed; spurious lines follow 488, 870.
Attributed Title: Pardonere (RT); Here endith the Pardoner his tale (f. 154)
49.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 138-143
First Lines:
IN fflaundres whilom was a compaignye
Of yonge folk that haunteden folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we diden lat vs laughe and pleye
Anon they kiste and ryden forth hir weye
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the Pardoners tale (f. 138); Pardoner (RT); Heere is ended the Pardonerss tale (f. 143)
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.
50.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 65ra-67vb
First Lines:
In flaundres whilom was a compaigny
of yong folk that hauntid foly…
Last Lines:
…and as we did let vs laugh and play
anon thei kissid and ridyn forth her way
Attributed Title: & subsequenter / incipit fabula perdonarij sic (f. 65ra); Explicit fabula perdonarij… (f. 67vb)
51.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 156v-162
First Lines:
In fflaunders whilom was a companye
Of yong folk þat haunted folie…
Last Lines:
…And as we deden lete vs laugh and pleye
Anon they kisten and riden forth her weie
Note: VI.485, 872-7 omitted.
Attributed Title: Et Incipit / ffabula eiusdem sub forma que sequitur (f. 156v); Incipit ffabula de la Pardoner (f. 156v, margin); Pardoners tale (RT); Sic desinit ffabula de la Pardoner… (f. 162)
52.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 98ra-101rb
First Lines:
IN flawndris whilum was a cvmpanye
Of yonge folk that hawntede folye…
Last Lines:
…And as wee dede lete vs lawghe & pleye
And a noon they kysseden and rood foorht her weye
Note: vI.872 omitted; 791-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here be gynnyht thee tale (f. 98ra); Thee pardoner (RT); Here endyht thee Pardoneris tale (f. 101rb)
53.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 156v-163
First Lines:
IN flaundres whilom was a cumpani
Of yong folk that haunted folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we did lat vs laugh and pley
And anon thei kissed & riden furþ her wey
Note: VI.872 omitted; 791-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: The Pardoners tale of þre hazardours (f. 156v, rubric)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 48” .



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5082. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster, William Caxton, 1476] , ff. 240-248v
First Lines:
[I]N flaundris sumtyme was a company
Of yonge folk that hauntedyn foly…
Last Lines:
…And as we did let vs laughe and pley
Anon they kissid and riden forth her wey
Note: VI.622, 869 omitted; 679-80 reversed; spurious lines follow 487, 488, 870, 926.
Attributed Title: Here endith the Pardoneris tale… (f. 249)
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. ff.6v-gg.7v
First Lines:
[I]N flaundris sumtyme was a companye
Of yonge folke that hauntedyn folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we dyd let vs laughe and pley
Anon they kissed and ryden forth her wey
Note: Spurious lines follow VI.487, 488.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the Tale (sig. ff.8v); The tale of the Pardoner (RT); Here is endyth the Pardoners tale (sig. gg.7v)
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. hh.8v-ii.7v
First Lines:
[I]N Flaundre somtyme was a company
Of yong folke that hauntedyn foly…
Last Lines:
…And as we dyd let vs laughe and pley
Anone they kyssed and ryden forth thire wey
Attributed Title: …And begynneth his tale (sig. hh.8v); The tale of the Pardonere (RT); Here endith the Pardoners tale… (sig. ii.7v)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. p.6rb-q.3rb
First Lines:
[I]N flaundris somtyme was a company
Of yonge folke that hauntedyn folye…
Last Lines:
…And as we dyde lete vs laugh and play
Anon they kyssed and ryden forth her way
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the tale of the pardoner (sig. p.6rb); The tale of the pardoner (RT)