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There was in Asia in a great city
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Prioress’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 203 lines in 7-line, rhyme royal stanzas.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Prioress’s Tale; Alma redemptoris mater; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; Jews; innocence; Virgin Mary, miracles of
Versification: — rhyme royal, seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 164-167
First Lines:
Ther was in Assie in a grete cite
amonges cristen folke a Iewerye…
Last Lines:
…on vs his grete mercy multiplie
for reuerence of his moder Marie Amen
Attributed Title: the tale (f. 164, margin); the priorasse (RT); Here endith the Priorasse hir tale… (f. 167v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 200v-203
First Lines:
Ther was in acie in a grete cite
A monges cristen folke and Iuwrie…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multeplie
ffor reuerence of his moder marie
Attributed Title: Here endith þe prioresse tale… (f. 203)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 146-148
First Lines:
Ther was in assy in a gret Cite
Amonges cristen folke A Iurye…
Last Lines:
…On us his gret mercy multiplye
ffor the reuerence of his moder Marye
Note: VII.639 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: The Prioresse tale (f. 145v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 167-170
First Lines:
Ther was in asye in a grete citee
Amonges Cristen folke in Iuerye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete merci multiplye
ffor reuerence of his moder Marye Amen
Note: VII.556-7 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth / the pryores tale of Alma redemptoris mater (f. 167); Prioresse (RT); Here endeth the pryoresse tale… (f. 170)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 184v-186v
First Lines:
There was in Asye in a grete Cite
A monge cristen folk a Iurie…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplie
ffor reuerence of his moder marie Amen
Attributed Title: ffabula (f. 184v, margin); The Prioresse (RT); Here endeth the tale of þe Prioresse… (f. 186v)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 223-225v
First Lines:
Ther was in Asy a gret Cite
Among cristen folk a Iewerie…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplie
ffor reuerence of his moder marie Amen
Note: VII.547-8 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here begynneþ þe tale of þe Prioresse (f. 223); þe prioresse (RT)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 234-237
First Lines:
[T]Here was in Asie in a gret cite
Amonges cristen folke & Iewerie…
Last Lines:
…On hus his grete mercy multiplyie
ffor reuerence of his moder Marye
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 91v-95
First Lines:
THer was in Acye in a gret cyte
Among cristene folk in Iurye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplye
ffor reuerence of his moder marye
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the Prioresse tale (f. 91v); The Prioresse
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 102v-104
First Lines:
ther was in a grete cite
A monge cristen folke and Iury…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiply
ffor reuerence of his modir mari Amen
Attributed Title: the prioresse (RT); here endith the priores tale… (f. 104)
10.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 215v-218v
First Lines:
Ther was in Asie in a gret citee
Among cristen folk of Iury…
Last Lines:
…On vs his gret mercy multiplie
ffor reuerence of his moder Marie
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth her tale folwing (f. 215v); Monialis (RT); Here endith the Prioresse tale… (f. 218v)
11.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 175-177v
First Lines:
Ther was in assye in the grete Cite
Amonge crysten folke a Iewrye…
Last Lines:
…That of this murthir wist and þat anone
Evill shall þey haue þat evill deserue…
Note: Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale (on folios 156v-173v; lines IV.57-1200) and Prioress’s Prologue and Tale (incomplete, on folios 174v-177v; lines VII.453-632) of the Canterbury Tales. VII.633-690 lost; 511, 565, 568 omitted; 630-1 reversed in the Tale.
12.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 133v-135
First Lines:
Ther was in Assye in a grete Citee
A monges cristen folke a Iuerye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplie
ffor reuerence of his moder Marie Amen
Note: VII.587 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here bygynneth the tale (f. 133v); here is ended the Nonnes tale… (f. 135)
13.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 211-213v
First Lines:
Ther was in a cite in a gret cite
Amonges cristen folk and Iewerye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplye
ffor reuerence of his moder marie Amen
Attributed Title: Explicit (f. 213v, margin)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
14.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 205-208
First Lines:
Ther was in asie in a gret Citee
Among cristyn folk A Iurye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplie
ffor Reuerence of his modir Mary
Note: VII.637 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Begynnyng þe tale (f. 205); Priores (RT); Here endith þe Prioressez tale (f. 208)
15.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 171v-174
First Lines:
There was in asie a grete Citee
a mongis Cristyn folke a Iury Iwry…
Last Lines:
…on vs his grete mercy multiplie
for reuerence of his modir Marie Amen
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 171); Prioresse (RT); Explicit… (f. 174)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 156-157v
First Lines:
There was in Assye in a gret Citee
A monges cristene folk a Iewerie…
Last Lines:
…And seide o dere child I halse the
In vertu of the holy Trynytee…
Note: VII.647-690 lost.
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the Prioresse hire tale (f. 156)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 321-322v
First Lines:
…Oure fyrste fo the serpent satirnas
That hath in Ieues herte his waspis next…
Last Lines:
…On vs his greet mercy multyplye
ffor reuerence of his modyr marye Amen
Note: VII.488-557 lost.
Attributed Title: Heere hath the Prioresse endid hire tale… (f. 322v)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 184v-187
First Lines:
THere was in assye in a grete cote
Amonge cristen folke a Iurye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy so multeplye
ffor reuerence of his moder marie Amen
Note: VII.496-7, 623-4 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth hir tale (f. 184v); priores (RT); Here Endeth the priores tale… (f. 187)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.3, Part XX, single leaf, recto
First Lines:
Ther was in Asye in a gret Citee
Amonges cristen folk in a Iewerye…
Last Lines:
…This preyd he hym to construe and declare
fful ofte tyme vp on his knees bare…
Note: Geoffrey Chaucer, lines VII.460-529 of the Prioress’s Prologue and Prioress’s Tale from the Canterbury Tales, possibly part of a once-complete copy of the text.
Attributed Title: The prioresses Tale (RT, different hand)
20.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 64v-66v
First Lines:
Ther was in asye in a grete Citee
Amanges Cristen folke and Iwrye…
Last Lines:
…On us his grete mercy multiplie
ffor þe reuerence of his moder marye
Attributed Title: The Prioresse (RT); Explict… (f. 66v)
21.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 215v-218
First Lines:
[T]Here was in Assye in the grete cyte
Amonge cristen folk a Iewry…
Last Lines:
…On us his gret mercy multeplye
ffor reuerens of his dere moder Mary Amen
Note: VII.579-85 omitted.
Attributed Title: Prioresse (RT); Here endeth þe Prioresse tale (f. 218)
22.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 106va-108ra
First Lines:
I was in Assie in a gret cite
Amonges cristen folk a Iewree…
Last Lines:
…On vs his gret mercy multeplie
ffor the reuerence of his moder Marie Amen
Attributed Title: Narrat (f. 106va, margin)
23.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 230v-234
First Lines:
THer was in Asye in a gret Cite
Amonges Crystene folk a Iewerye…
Last Lines:
…On h vs his greete mercy multiplye
ffor Reuerence of his mooder marye AMEN
Attributed Title: Et / incipit fabula eiusdem de Alma Redemptoris (f. 230); Prioresse (RT); Explicit fabula Priorisse… (f. 234)
24.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25718, ff. 83-83v
First Lines:
Ther [torn]
A man[torn]…
Last Lines:
…[torn]boke lernynge
[torn]prymere
…[torn]and ner[torn]
[torn]note
Note: VII.524-690 lost; 488-523 partially lost [tear].
25.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 163-165v
First Lines:
Ther was in Asy in a gret citee
Among cristen fokl a Iewerye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his gret mercy multiplie
ffor reuerence of his moder marye
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the Prioresses tale (f. 163); the prioresse (RT)
26.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 177v-180
First Lines:
I was in assye in a grete citee
Amonges cristen folk a Ieweree…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplie
ffor the reuerence of his moder Marie Amen
Note: VII.547-8 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prioresse tale / de Alma redemptoris mater (f. 177v); Hic desinit fabula Priorisse… (f. 180)
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).
27.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], ff. 147-148v
First Lines:
…But on a day his felawe gan he pray
To expownen him this song in his langage…
Last Lines:
…And gruf he fel al plat to þe grounde
And still he lay as he had ben I bonde…
Note: VII.488-524, 677-90 lost.
Attributed Title: The prioresse (RT)
28.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 186v-189
First Lines:
[T]her was in asye in a gret cite
Amonges cristen folk a Iewerye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplye
ffor reverence of his moodyr marye Amen
Attributed Title: Incipit Narracio (f. 186v, margin); The prioresse is tale (RT); Heer eendith the prioresse of hir tale (f. 189, margin)
29.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 163v-166
First Lines:
Ther was in Asie in a gret cite
Amongis cristen folke a Iewerie…
Last Lines:
…On vs his gret mercy multiplie
ffor reuerence of his modir Marie
Note: Large blank space between the end of the Prioress’s Tale and the Prologue to Sir Thopas.
Attributed Title: The Prioresse (RT); Here endith the tale of the Prioresse (f. 166)
30.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 97va-98rb
First Lines:
There was in Assie in a grete cetee
A monge Crysten folke A Iuerye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy so merciable
ffor the reuerence of his modir mary Amen
Note: VII.527, 533, 617 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Here begynnithe the Priores tale (f. 97va, rubric); Here Endithe the Priores tale (f. 98rb, rubric)
31.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 200v-203
First Lines:
Ther was in acy in a greet Citee
Amonges cristen folk a Iewerye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplie
ffor reuerence of his modir marie Amen
Note: VII.547-8 reversed.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
32.Source: London, British Library Harley 1704, ff. 28-31
First Lines:
There was in Azie in a gret Cite
Among Cristen folke a Iurye…
Last Lines:
…On vs he his gret mercy will multiplie
ffor the reuerence of his moder marie
Amen
Note: Chaucer’s Prioress’s Prologue and Tale. VII.539, 632 omitted.
33.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 73-76v
First Lines:
There was in Asye in a grete Citee
Amonges cristen folke a Iewrye…
Last Lines:
…Enclosen they his luytel body swete
There he is now god leve vs for to mete Amen
Note: Chaucer’s Prioress’s Prologue and Tale, lines VII.453-683 of the Canterbury Tales. VII.684-90 omitted.
34.Source: London, British Library Harley 2382, f. 97v-100
First Lines:
Ther was in Asie a gret Cite
Amonges cristen folk a Iewery…
Last Lines:
…on vs his gret mercy he multiplye
for reuerence of his moder Marie Amen
Note: Chaucer’s Prioress’s Prologue and Tale and Second Nun’s Tale in a religious miscellany.
Attributed Title: Explicit… (f. 100)
35.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 186v-189
First Lines:
There was a Ce in a grete Cite
Amonge cristen folk & Iewre…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercie multiplye
ffor reuerence of his moder Marye
Note: VII.602 omitted.
Attributed Title: þe Prioresse (RT); Explicit fabula priorisse… (f. 189)
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.
36.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 235-238
First Lines:
THer was in Asie in a grete Citee
Amonges cristen folke a Iowrye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplye
ffor the reuerence of his modir Marie Amen
Attributed Title: Here endith the tale of the Prioresse… (f. 238, margin)
37.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 191v-193v
First Lines:
THer was in Acye in a gret Cite
Amonges Crysten folk & Iewerye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplye
ffor reuerence of his moder Marye
Attributed Title: The prioresse (RT)
38.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 198v-201v
First Lines:
There was a Chylde in a grete cite
Amonge crysten folke in þe Iewrye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercie multiplie
ffor þe reuerence of hys modir Marie Amen
Note: VII.672-3 reversed.
Attributed Title: The Prioresse (RT)
39.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 240-243v
First Lines:
Ther was in Asie in a gret Cite
Amonges cristen folke of Iewry…
Last Lines:
…On vs his gret mercy multiplie
ffor reuerence of hir modir seynt Marie
Note: VII.664 omitted; blank line follows 581.
Attributed Title: [A] Tale of the Prioresse (RT); Here endith the Prioresse tale… (f. 243v)
40.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 210-213
First Lines:
Ther was in Asye in a greet Citee
Amonges cristen folk a Iewerye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplie
ffor reuerence of his moder Marie Amen
Note: VII.493-4, 528-9, 563-4, 598-9, 633-4, 668-9 partially lost [tears]
Attributed Title: …Here bigynneth the Prioresse tale of / Alma redemptoris mater (f. 210); The Prioresse (RT); Here endeth the Prioresse tale… (f. 213)
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.
41.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, ff. 147-149v
First Lines:
There was a child in a grete cete
Among cristen folk in the I[smudged]…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiply
ffor the reverence of his modir Mari Amen
Attributed Title: Here endith the Pryores hir tale… (f. 149v)
42.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 28ra-29ra
First Lines:
There was in Asye in a grete Cite
A mong cristen folk and Iewerye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplye
ffor the reuerence of his moder Marye
Attributed Title: The Prioresse (RT)
43.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 80rb-81rb
First Lines:
THere was in Asye in a grete Cite
A mong Cristen folke a Iurye…
Last Lines:
…Vp on vs his grete mercy multiplie
ffor reuerence of his moder Marie
Note: Second occurrence in MS. VII.493-4 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: Here folweth the tale of the seid Priorasse / to a conclusion (f. 80rb); the Priorasse (RT); Here endeth the tale of the Priora[trimmed], f. 81rb, margin)
44.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 80rb-81vb
First Lines:
There was in assy in a grete citee
Amonges cristen folke a Iewery…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multeply
ffor reuerence of his moder mary
Note: VII.610 omitted.
45.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 202v-205v
First Lines:
Ther was in Asye in a grete Citee
Amonges cristen fok a Iurie…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplie
ffor reuerence of his moder swete Marie
Attributed Title: The prioresse (RT); Here endeþ þe priores hir tale… (f. 205v, rubric)
46.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 189-191v
First Lines:
Ther was in asie in a gret Cite
Amongis cristen folk a Iurie…
Last Lines:
…On vs his gret mercy multiplie
ffor þe reuerence of his modir marie AmeN
Note: VII.609, 672 omitted and supplied later.
Attributed Title: Now beginnyth the preoresses tale (f. 189); The Prioresse (RT); Here endith the priores tale… (f. 191v)
47.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 255-255v
First Lines:
[T]Her was in Asie in a grete Citee
Amonges cristen folk a Iewrye…
Last Lines:
…And shuld be beten thryes in an houre
I wil it konne oure lady to honoure…
Note: VII.544-690 lost. Catchphrase ‘His felawe’ at the foot of f. 255v.
Attributed Title: Alma redemptoris mater (f. 254v)
48.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 6709 [Mun. A.4.104], f. 174-178v
First Lines:
Ther was in Asie In a greate Cyte
Amonges Crysten folke A Iurye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his greate mercy multiplye
ffor reuerence of his swete moder Marye
Note: VIII.1778 omitted.
49.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 124v-126
First Lines:
Ther was in Assie a gret Cite
Among Cristen folk a Iewerie…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplie
ffor the Reuerence of his moþer Marie
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth here tale (f. 124v); Prioresses tale (f. 124v, margin); Prioresse (RT); Here endeþe prioresses tale… (f. 126)
50.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 81v-84v
First Lines:
Ther was a child in a grete Cite
Amonges cristen folk in Iwerye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplie
ffor reuerence of his moder marye
Attributed Title: Here endeþ þe priores tale… (f. 84v, rubric); þe Prioresse (RT, rubric)
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.
51.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. 4va-5va
First Lines:
There was in Asye in a greet Citee
Amonges cristen folk a Iuerwy…
Last Lines:
…On vs his greete mercy multiplye
ffor reuerence of his Mooder Marye Amen
Attributed Title: …Heere bigynneth the Prioresse hire tale of Alma / Redemptoris Mater (f. 4rb); Here hath the Prioresse ended hire tale… (f. 5va)
52.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. 158-160
First Lines:
There was in Assye a grete
Amonges cristen folke a Iewrie…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercye multiplie
ffor the reuerence of his Moder Marie
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prioresse hure tale (f. 157v); Prioresse (RT); Here endeth the Priores hure tale… (f. 160)
53.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 69v-73
First Lines:
Ther was in acye in agrete Cyte
Among cristen folk in Iurye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multipey
ffor reuerence of his moder marie
54.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 203-206
First Lines:
Ther was in Asie a grete Citee
Amonges cristen folk a Iurie…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplie
ffor reuerence of his Moder swete Marie
Attributed Title: The Prioresse (RT); Here endeth the Prioresses tale & cetera (f. 206)
55.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 20v-23
First Lines:
THere was in Acye in a greet cyte
Amonges cristene folk and iewerie…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multeplie
ffor reuerence of his moodir marye
Note: VII.670-3 copied in the order 673-672-670-671 then marked in the margin to be reordered 673-672-671-670.
Attributed Title: The prioresse Tale (RT)
56.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 155-157v
First Lines:
Ther was in Asie in a grete cete
Among Cristyn folk a Iury…
Last Lines:
…On hus his grete mercy multiply
ffor reverence of his modir mary Amen
Note: VII.545, 617 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth the Priores her tale (f. 155); Que est Cronica (f. 155, margin); Priores (RT); Here endith the Priores her tale (f. 157v)
57.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 148v-151
First Lines:
Ther was in Asye in a greet Citee
Amonges cristene folk a Iewerye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplie
ffor reuerence of his mooder Marie Amen
Attributed Title: …Heere bigynneth the Prioresses tale (f. 148v); Prioresse (RT); Heere is ended the Prioresses tale (f. 151)
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.
58.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 70rb-71va
First Lines:
ther was in asye in a gret cytee
among cristen folk a Iewerye…
Last Lines:
…on vs his grete mercy multiplye
for reuerence of his modir Marye
Attributed Title: Explicit fabula priorisse monia / alium… (f. 71va)
59.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 168v-171
First Lines:
I was in Asie in a gret cite
Amonges cristen folk a Iewry…
Last Lines:
…On vs his gret mercy multiplie
ffor the reuerence of his moder Marie Amen
Note: VII.547-8 reversed.
Attributed Title: Hiere beginneth the Prioress tale / de Alma redemptoris mater (f. 168); Prioresses Tale (RT); Hic desinit fabula Prioresse… (f. 171, rubric)
60.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 104va-106ra
First Lines:
Theer was in assie in a greet Citee
Amongis cristen folke a Iewrie…
Last Lines:
…On vs his greete mercy Multiplye
ffor reverence of his moder marye
Attributed Title: The prioressis tale (RT); Explicit fabula Monialis… (f. 106ra)
61.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 169v-173
First Lines:
Ther was in Assy in a grete Citee
Amonges cristen peple a Iurye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his gret mercy multiplye
ffor reurence of his modir mary
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. 257v-261
First Lines:
[T]Her was in asie in a gret Citee
Among cristyn folk a Iurye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplye
For Reuerence of his modir Mary
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth her tale (f. 257v); Here endith the Prioressez tale (f. 261)
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. hh.6v-ii.1v
First Lines:
[T]Her was in asie in a grete Cytee
Among cristen folke a Iurye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multyplye
For reuerence of his moder marye
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth her tale (sig. hh.6v); The tale of the Prioresse (RT); Here endeth the prioresses tale (sig. ii.1v)
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. kk.7v-ll.2v
First Lines:
[T]her was in Asie in a grete cyte
Amonge cristen folke a Iurye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multiplye
For reuerence of his modre mary
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth her tale (sig. kk.7); The Tale of the Priouresse (RT; with ‘The tale of the Shypman’ in error on kk.8); Here endith the priouresses tale (sig. ll.2v)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. q.6vb-r.2ra
First Lines:
[T]Her was in asye in a grete cyte
Amonge cristen folke a Iurye…
Last Lines:
…On vs his grete mercy multyplye
For reuerence of his moder marie Amen
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth here tale (sig. q.6vb); The tale of the prioresse (RT); Here endyth the Prioresse / her tale… (sig. r.2ra)