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At Sarai in the land of Tartary
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Squire’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 664 lines in couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Squire’s Tale; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; gentillesse; marvels; love
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 131v2-141
First Lines:
At Sarray in the londe of Tartarie
ther dwelte a kyng that werryed Russie…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirlith vp his chare so highe
til that the god Mercurious hous the slighe
Note: Spurious lines follow V.670.
Attributed Title: …And / next folwyng bigynneth his tale (f. 131v); the Squyere (RT); Here endith the Squyer his tale… (f. 141)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 79-87v
First Lines:
At sarray in the lond of Tartarye
Ther dwellid a kyng that werried Russye…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirliþ vp his chare so hye
Thil þat Mercuries hows the slye
Note: V.58, 68 omitted; blank line follows 346.
Attributed Title: …and here bygynnyth þe tale (f. 78v); squyer (RT); Here endith / The Squiers tale… (f. 87v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 129v-137v
First Lines:
At Sarry in the londe of Tartarye
Ther dwelled a kyng that werryed Russie…
Last Lines:
…And after wol y speke of kambalo
That faught in lystes with þe brethren two…
Note: V.669-672 lost; 288 inserted at foot.
Attributed Title: …And / here begynneth hys tale ffulle (f. 129v); Squyer (RT)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 75v-83
First Lines:
At Sarri in þe londe of Tartary
There dwelt a king þat werraied vpon russy…
Last Lines:
…Appollo woleth vp his chare so high
Til þe god mercurious hous þe sligh
Note: V.44, 204, 384 omitted; spurious line follows 278. The text ends ten lines from the top of f. 83. ‘Explicit 2a pars’ is written in the margin. The verso is blank. At least the following two folios, presumably blank, have been cut away, leaving stubs and the final folio of the quire is also blank, with a catchphrase, ‘here endeth’, on the final, blank verso (f. 84v).
Attributed Title: …And next bigynneþe / þe squiers tale of þe horse of Brasse (f. 75v); The Squiers tale (RT); Here endeth þe Squiers tale of þe horse of bras… (f. 85)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 161v-171
First Lines:
AT Sarray in þe lande of Tartarie
Þer duelte a kynge þat werreide Russie…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirleþ vp his chaar so hie
Til þat þe god mercurius hous þe slie
Attributed Title: …Here begynneþ þe tale of þe Squier (f. 161v); þe Squyer (RT); Explicit secunda pars… (f. 171)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 99-109
First Lines:
[A]t Surray in the land of tartary
Ther duellyd a kyng that werriede Russye…
Last Lines:
…Apollo whirleth vp his chare so hie
Till that the god mercurius hows the slie
Note: V.174, 256, 646 omitted.
Attributed Title: Explicit secunda pars (f. 109)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 47v-58
First Lines:
AT surry in the lond of Tartary
Ther dwelled a kyng that werred bisily…
Last Lines:
…ffor Canace or he might hur wynne
And there I lafte I wol bygynne
Note: V.26, 509, 549-52, 671-2 omitted; spurious lines follow 25, 510; 663-4 reversed.
Attributed Title: The squyer (RT)
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 37-44
First Lines:
At Sarry in the lande of tartary
There dwellyd a kyng þat gwerrid vpon russy…
Last Lines:
…Appollo wolleth vp his chare so hyghe
Tylle þe god Mercurious hous the sligh
Note: V.179, 524-5 omitted; 202 inserted in margin; spurious line follows 278. Blank space of ca. 18 lines follows.
Attributed Title: here begynnith the squiers tale (f. 37); the squier (RT); Explicit 2a pars & deficit 3a pars (f. 44, margin)
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 79v-89
First Lines:
At sarray in the land of tartary
Ther dwelt a kyng that werried Russy…
Last Lines:
…ffor Canacee or that he miȝt hir wynne
And there I left I wil agein bigynne
Note: V.671-2 omitted. Following verso ruled but blank.
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth his tale folwing (f. 79v); Fabula Armigeri (RT); Explicit prima pars (f. 84v)
10.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 220-228v
First Lines:
AT Sarray in the londe of Tartarie
Ther dwelte a kynge that werreied Russye…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirleth vp his chaar so hye
Til that the god Mercuries hous the slye
Note: Here bygynnyth the Squyers tale (f. 220); Explicit secunda pars Incipit tercia pars (f. 228v, preceding V.671-2, rubric).
11.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 90v-99v
First Lines:
At Sarray in þe land of Tartarye
Ther dwelt a king þat werreyed Russye…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirleth vp his char so hye
Til þat þe god mercurius hous þe slye
Note: Following V. 346 is the rubric ‘The stag of an hert’, with ‘Explicit prima pars’ in the margin (f. 95).
Attributed Title: Explicit ija pars (f. 99v, margin)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
12.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 69v-79v
First Lines:
At Surrey at þe lond of Tartarye…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirlith vs his chare so hiȝ
Til þat god mercurius hous he þe sliȝ
Note: V.58, 183, 533-8 omitted; 553-4, 557-8 inserted at foot. The first line of the Tale spreads over two lines with the incipit sharing the same space.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth þe / Squyers tale (f. 69v); Squyers (RT); Here endith the squieris tale… (f. 79v)
13.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 140v-149v
First Lines:
At sarray in the londe of tartarie
ther dwelte a kynge that werred Russie…
Last Lines:
…for Canace or that he myght hir wynne
and ther I lefte I wille ageyn begynne
Note: V.94, 106, 118, 204, 256, 382, 444, 476, 498, 671-2 omitted; 412-13 reversed.
Attributed Title: Incipit ffabula Armigeri (f. 140v); Squier (RT); Explicit (f. 149v)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 119v-127
First Lines:
At Sarray in the lond of Tartarye
There dwelled a kyng that werred Russye…
Last Lines:
…ffor Canacee or that he myght hire winne
And there I lefte I wil aȝein begynne…
Note: V.69-72, 671-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: & incipit fabula Armigeri (f. 119v); Explicit Secunda pars / Here endith the Squyeres tale as meche as Chaucer made (f. 127; the remainder of the recto and all of the verso is left blank)
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. 277-286v
First Lines:
…ȝo…
As on…
Afayr þer…
And kepte a…
That there na…
This noble kyng…
Hadde two sonys o…
Of whiche the eldeste…
That oþer sone was clepit…
A doughtyr hadde this worth
Tha ȝyngeste was and hyghte Canace
But for to telle ȝow al hire beautee…
Last Lines:
…And strawe hyre hire cage as ofte as ony silk
And ȝeue hym sugere hony breed and mylk…
Note: V.23-32, 66-74 partially lost (tear); 47-65, 615-72 lost.
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. 76v-84
First Lines:
At Sorray in the lande of Tartary
There swelled a kyng that made werre in Russye…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirleth vppon his Chare so hye
Till that the god mercurius house the slye
Note: V.132-217 lost; 26, 270 omitted; spurious line follows 272; blank line follows 656; 426 left blank and supplied later.
Attributed Title: Here be gynneth the / Squiers tale (f. 76v); Squier (RT); Here endeth the squiers tale… (f. 84)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 91v-99
First Lines:
Atte sarray in þe londe of Tartarye
Ther dwelled a kynge þat werriede Russye…
Last Lines:
…Apollo whirleth up his chare so hie
Till þat þe good mercurius howse þe slye
Note: V.18 inserted in margin; following 346 is ‘Explicit prima pars / The stag of an hert’ (f. 95r-v).
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula armigeri (f. 91v); The Squiere (RT); Explicit secunda pars… (f. 99)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 93v-102
First Lines:
[A]t Sarray in the londe of Tartary
Ther dwelled a kyng þat werred Russy…
Last Lines:
…And ther y lefte y woll ageyn bygynne
Apollo whirleth up his chare so hiȝe
Tyll þat þe god Mercuryus howse þe slye
Note: VV.67-72, 263-7, 273-4, 279, 283-8, 291-4, 353-4, 419-22, 464-74, 405-8, 549-50, 555-6, 567-8 omitted; spurious lines follow 262, 463; 275-6, 483-4, 641-2 reversed. Text ends after twelve lines on f. 102 with the rest of the recto and verso left blank.
Attributed Title: The tale of þe Squyer (f. 93v); The Squi[trimmed] (RT); Explicit secunda pars (f. 102, margin)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 34va-38rb
First Lines:
At Sarray in the lond of Tartarie
Ther duellid a king þat werreid Russie…
Last Lines:
…ffor Canace or that he miȝt hir winne
And there I lefte I woll again beginne
Note: V.106, 390, 463-4, 671-2 omitted; 146 inserted in margin; 412-13 reversed. Column b on f. 34 is ruled but blank.
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth his tale / folwing (f. 34ra)
20.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 92-102
First Lines:
AT Surry in the londe of Tartarye
There dwolled a kynge that werred on russye…
Last Lines:
…ffor Canace or that he myght hir wynne
And there I lefte I wolle ageyne begynne
Note: V.553-8, 671-2 omitted; 183-4 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Squyers tale (f. 92); Here endith the Squiers tale… (f. 102v)
21.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 171v-183v
First Lines:
AT Sarray in the londe of Tarray
There dwelt a kyng that werrid vpoon russye…
Last Lines:
…ffor Canace er that hy myht hir wynne
And ther y laft y wol ageyne begynne
Note: V.671-2 omitted; 255-6 reversed.
Attributed Title: & Incipit fabula eiusdem (f. 171v); Squyer (RT); Explicit secunda Pars fabule… (f. 183v)
22.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 122v-131
First Lines:
At sarray in the lond of Tartary
Ther dwelte a kyng that werred Russy…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirleth vp his chare so hye
Til that the god Mercuries hous the slye
Note: V.479 omitted. V.670-2 is the only text on f. 131, with the rest of the page left blank.
Attributed Title: here bigynneth the squyers tale (f. 122v);the Squyer (RT, rubric); Explicit prima pars / Sequitur pars secunda (f. 127)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
23.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 139-147
First Lines:
At Sarray in the lond of tartarye
There dwelled a kyng þat werred on Surry…
Last Lines:
…ffor Canacee or þat he myght hir wyn
And there I left I woll agayn begyn
Note: V.69-72, 671-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: & incipit fabula / eiusdem Armigeri de Equo de stanno (f. 139); Et sic desinit fabula Armigeri… (f. 147)
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).
24.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], ff. 62-69v
First Lines:
…Vnto my firste purpos I wole haue my recours
And so bifel þat after the þridde cours…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirleth vp his chare so hye
Til þat the god Mercurius hous the slye
Note: V.9-74 lost.
Attributed Title: Squyer (RT); Here endith þe squier his tale… (f. 69v)
25.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 145v-154
First Lines:
At Sarray in the lond of Tarrye
Ther dweld a kyng that werryd vp on russye…
Last Lines:
…ffor Canace er that he myht hir wynne
And ther I lafte I wol ayen begynne
Note: V.671-2 omitted; 255-6 reversed; 413 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: Et sequitur / fabula Armigeri / Incipit narracio armigeri (f. 145v); The sqwyer (RT); Explicit secunda pars (f. 154, margin, foot of page)
26.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 68-75
First Lines:
AT Sarray in the londe of Tartarye
Ther dwelt a kyng that werryed vp on Russy…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirleth vp his char so hye
Till that the god Mercuryus hous the slye
Note: ‘Appollo’ is glossed interlinearly as ‘.i. sol’.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth the tale (f. 68); The Squyers Tale (RT); Explicit prima pars (f. 71v, left margin); The stag of an herte (f. 71v, right margin); Explicit secunda pars (f. 75, right margin; the rest of the recto and the verso left blank; the following two leaves, forming the end of the gathering and presumably left blank, excised)
27.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 65va-68vb
First Lines:
At Sarry in the londe of tartary
þer dwellid a kynge þat werrid vpon russy…
Last Lines:
…Appollo wirlith vp his Chare so hihe
Til that god mercurus hous the slyȝe
Note: V.27-8, 105, 146, 256 omitted; 106, 147, 255 deleted; 118 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: Here biginnithe the Squier his tale (f. 65va); Here Endith the Squiers tale… (f. 68vb)
28.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 149-156v
First Lines:
AT Sarray in þe lond of Tartary
Ther dwelled a kyng þat werryed russy…
Last Lines:
…ȝet right anoon as his dore is vppe
he with his feet wil sporne doun his cuppe…
Note: V.617-72 lost; 272 inserted in margin; 413-14 reversed; catch phrase at foot of 156v, ‘And to þe wode’.
Attributed Title: …And her bygynneth þe Squyeres tale (f. 148v); The Squyeres tale (RT)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
29.Source: London, British Library Harley 7335, ff. 129v-139
First Lines:
[A]t Sarray in the lond of Tartary
Ther dwellith a kyng that werryed russy…
Last Lines:
…ffor Canace er that he myght here wynne
And there I lafte y wol agayn begynne
Note: V.671-2 omitted. The verso of f. 139 is left blank following the last lines of Squire’s Tale on the recto.
Attributed Title: ffabula Armigeri (f. 129v, margin); The sqwyer tale (f. 129v, added later, apparently by the same hand that writes ‘Bleckenden’ in the margin on the same folio)
30.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 79-87
First Lines:
Att Sarray in þe londe o Tartary
Ther dwelled a kinge þat werred Russy…
Last Lines:
…ffor Canace ar þat he myht hir wynne
And þere I left I þenke aȝeine begynne
Bot I wil here now maake a knotte
To þe time it come next to my lotte
ffor here be felawes behinde an hepe treulye
þat wolden talk ful besilye
And haue her sporte as wele as I
And þe daie passeþ fast certanly
Therfore oste takeþ nowe goode heede
Who schall next tell & late him spede
Note: V.414, 671-2 omitted; spurious lines follow 670 (see above).
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 79); þe Esquier (RT); þesquier (RT); Explicit fabula Armigeri… (f. 87)
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.
31.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 96v-106
First Lines:
Att sarray in the lande of Tartary
There dwellede A Kynge þat werryd russy…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whyrleþe vppe his chare so heyȝe
Tylle þat the god Mercurius howse þe slye
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth / the tale of the squyre (f. 96v); Here endith the tale of the squyre… (f. 106)
32.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 82-90v
First Lines:
AT sarray in the land of tartarye
Ther dwelte a kyng that werriede Russye…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirleth vp his char so hye
Til þat the god Mercurius hows the slye
Note: V.174 omitted; following V.346: ‘Explicit prima pars’ (f. 86v, right margin), ‘The Stag of an Hart’ (f. 86v, left margin). ‘Appollo’ glossed interlinearly as ‘.i. sol’.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the tale (f. 82); The Squyer (RT); Explicit secunda pars (f. 90v, margin); explicit (f. 90v, margin)
33.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 78v-86v
First Lines:
AT Sarray in þe londe of Sarcarye
Theer dwelt a kynge þat weryd Russye…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirlethe vp hys chare so hyȝe
Tylle þat þe god Marcurius hows þe slye
Note: V.191-264 lost; 68, 146, 480, 518, omitted; 491, 523, 544, 573, 614 inserted in margin; 639-40 reversed; blank line follows 346.
Attributed Title: …Here bygynneth þe tale (f. 78); The Squyer (RT); Here endith þe tale of þe Sqyer… (f. 86v)
34.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 107-118
First Lines:
AT sarray in the lond of Tartary
There dwelled that werld Russy…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirleth vpon his chare so hie
Tille that the god Mercurius hous the slie
Note: V.413, 577 omitted; 166 inserted at foot.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth his tale folowyng (f. 107); [A] Tale of the Squyer (RT); Here endith the squires tale… (f. 118)
35.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 129-137v
First Lines:
AT Sarray in the land of Tartarye
Ther dwelte a kyng that werreyed Russye…
Last Lines:
…[A]ppollo whirleth vp his Char so hye
Til that the god Mercuries hous the slye
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the Squiers tale (f. 129); The Squyer (RT); [Incip]it tercia pars (f. 137v, before V.671)
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.
36.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, ff. 66v-71
First Lines:
At Surrey in the lond of Tartary
There dwellid a kyng þat werrid strongly…
Last Lines:
…Gan on hem wynk & bad hem take kepe
That much mete & labour wol have rest
Note: V.71-4, 245-6, 279-80, 331-6, 350-670 omitted; 247-8 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth the Squyer his tale (f. 66v, rubric); Here endith the Squyer his tale… (f. 71, rubric); Chawcer made noo / end of this tale (f. 71, margin, rubric)
37.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 38ra-40ra
First Lines:
Atte Sarray in þe lond of Tartarye
There duelled a kyng þat werryed Russye…
Last Lines:
…Apollo whirleth vp his chare so high
Till þat þe good Mercurius howse þe slye
Note: The sixth folio of Q [6] was once misbound before Q [3], and bears the foliation ‘14’; it is now back in Q [6], between ff. 37 and 38. V.58 omitted; ‘The Stag of an herte’ follows 346.
Attributed Title: Now begynneth the tale of Esquyer (f. 14); The Tale of the Esquyer (RT); Here endeth the tale of the Esquyer… (f. 40ra)
38.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 37vb-42ra
First Lines:
Atte sarray in the londe of tartery
Ther dwelte a king þat werred vpon russy…
Last Lines:
…ffor canace er that he might hir wynne
And there I lefte I woll ageyn begynne
Note: Four blank lines follow V.670; 671-2 omitted; the second column on f. 42ra is also left blank; 255-6, 413-14 reversed.
39.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 84v-92v
First Lines:
AT Sarray in the lande of Tartarie
Ther dwelled a kyng þat werreyed Russie…
Last Lines:
…Thus lete I Canace hir hawk kepynge
I wol no more as now speken of the rynge
Til it come eft to purpos for to seyn…
Note: V.654-72 lost (resupplied on a seventeenth-century leaf); ‘Explicit prima pars The stag of an hert’ follows 346 on f. 89.
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth the Squiers tale (f. 84v); The Squier (RT)
40.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 67v-76v
First Lines:
AT sarray in the land of Tartarie
There duelte a kyng that werred in Russi…
Last Lines:
…ffor Canace or that she myȝt hir wynne
And there y lefte y woll ageyn bigynne
Note: V.22, 114, 671-2 omitted; 489-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: The Squyer (RT)
41.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 98-109v
First Lines:
At Sarray in the land of Tartarie
Ther dwelly akyng that werred on Russie…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirlith vp his chare so hie
Til that god Mercuius the slye
Of this squyers tale Chaucer makith nomore
Note: V.27 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 98); Explicit pars secunda Incipit pars tercia (f. 109v, following V.670); Explicit fabula… (f. 109v)
42.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 98-104
First Lines:
Att Sarray in þe londe of Tartarie
þer dwelled a kyng þat werred on Russie…
Last Lines:
…ffor Canacee or þat he myght here wynne
And ther I lefte I wolle ayen bi gynne
Note: V.69-72, 271-4, 281-2, 671-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: Et incipit fabula eiusdem et cetera (f. 98); ffabula Armigeri (f. 98, margin); Squyer (RT); Here endith þe squiers tale… (f. 104)
43.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 103v-112v
First Lines:
At Sarray in þe land of Tartarye
þer dwelt a kyng þat werrid Russye…
Last Lines:
…Apollo whirleþ vp his chare so hie
Til þat þe god Mercurius hous þe sclie
Note: Last two lines (V.671-2) marked ‘va / cat᾿.
Attributed Title: …And here by / gynneþe Sqwiers tale (f. 103v); The Sqwiers Tale (RT); ffabula Armigeri (f. 103v, margin); Explicit prima pars / The Stag of an hert (f. 108); Explicit secunda pars / Here endeþ þe squyers tale (f. 112v)
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 143 [olim Deene Park; post Cardigan-Brudenell, sold Sotheby’s, Feb. 1959], ff. 121v-129v
First Lines:
At Surrie in the londe of Tartarie
There dwelde a kynge that werred on Bussie…
Last Lines:
…ffor Canace or that he myght hure wynne
And there y lefte y woll ageyne begynne
Note: V.69-72, 147, 271-4, 281-2, 671-2 omitted; 102 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: Et incpit fabula Armigeri (f. 121v); Squyer (RT); Here endeth the Squiers tale… (f. 129v)
45.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 30v-41
First Lines:
Atte surrie in þe lond of tartari
þere dwelled a king þat worred bysyly…
Last Lines:
…ffor Cance er he myht her wynne
And there I laft I wyl bygynne
Note: V.26, 94, 106, 509, 549-52, 671-2 omitted; spurious lines follows 24; 663-4 reversed.
46.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 84-90v
First Lines:
…This is a verray soth withoute glose
It faileth nouȝt while it is in youre holde…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirleth vp his char so hye
Till that the god Mercurius hous the slye
Note: V.9-165 lost.
Attributed Title: The Squyer (RT); Explicit prima pars (f. 86); The Stag of an hert (f. 86, margin); Explicit secunda pars (f. 90v)
47.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 50v-51v; 61-64v
First Lines:
At sarray in the londe of tartarye
Ther dwelt a kynge that werryed russye…
Last Lines:
…Now that thys fawkon gat hir loue a gayn
Repentaunt as the story telleth vs…
Note: The MS is misbound, with [13].8 following [12].7 (becoming f. 43) and Q [14] misbound to follow Q [12] (with [14] foliated 44-51, and [13] foliated 52-57). Quires [1-4] and [6-7] are inferred to be lost, with the foliation not taking account of them. Thus V.9-91 follow II.558-1190 and are in turn followed by II.79-557; a blank leaf follows, and then V.92, etc. V.656-72 lost; 134-40 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Her bygynneth the tale of squyer (f. 50v); The Squyer (RT); Explicit prima pars / The Stag of an hert (f. 61)
48.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/2 [olim Rosenbach 158; prior W. A. White], f. 7-7v
First Lines:
…Ageyn the swerd of wyntir kene and cold…
Last Lines:
……This myrroure eke that I have in my honde
Note: An 11-folio fragment, of which this leaf bears V.57-132 of the Squire’s Tale.
49.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 51v-60v
First Lines:
AT Sarry in the lond of Tartery
There dwellid a kyng that verryd op Russy…
Last Lines:
…O Appollo whirlith vp his chare so hyȝe
Thil þat God Mercurious house þe sliȝe
Attributed Title: …And here begynnythe he his tale (f. 51v); Squyer (RT); Squyers tale for Chauwser made no more… (f. 60v)
50.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 115v-122v
First Lines:
AT Sarray in the land of Tartarye
Ther dwelte a kyng that werreyed Russye…
Last Lines:
…Appollo whirleth vp his Chaar so hye
Til that the god Mercurius hous the slye
Note: Folio 122v holds only the final four lines of text with the intervening rubric signaling part divisions, leaving thirty-seven blank lines on the remainder of the folio.
Attributed Title: Heere bigynneth the Squyeres tale (f. 115v); Squier (RT); Explicit secunda pars / Incipit pars tertia (f. 122v, following V.670)
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.
51.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, f. 57ra
First Lines:
AT sarry in the lond of tartarye
ther duellid a kyng that werreid Russye…
Last Lines:
…that ther was nowgher such a man
As was this noble kyng callid Cambustan
Note: V.29-672 omitted.
Attributed Title: & subsquenter narrat fabulam / suam hoc modo sequente (f. 57ra); Ista fabula est valde absurda in / terminis et ideo ad presens preter / mittatur nec vlterius de ea procedatur… (f. 57ra)
52.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 130v-138v
First Lines:
At Sarray in the lond of Tartarie
Ther duellid a king that werred on Surrie…
Last Lines:
…ffor Canace or that he miȝt hir winne
And ther I left I wol again beginne
Note: V.69-72, 671-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: Et hic incipit fabula sua (f. 130v); ffabula Armigeri (RT); Sic desinit ffabula Armigeri… (f. 138v)
53.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 51rb-55va
First Lines:
Atte sarrey in the lond of Tartarie
There dwelte a kyng werryngge on Tartarie…
Last Lines:
…ffore Canacee ore hee myghtte here wynne
And there I lefte I will ayeen be gynne
Note: V. 102-4, 544, 671-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here be gynnyht the squieris tale (f. 51rb); squieris (RT); Explicit secunda pars (f. 55va)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5082. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster, William Caxton, 1476] , ff. 97v-109
First Lines:
[A]T surrey in the lond of Tartarye
There dwellid a kyng þat warrid on russy…
Last Lines:
…[A]ppollo whirlith vp his chare so high
Til that god Mercurius the sligh
Note: V.553-8 omitted; 183-4 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Squyers tale (f. 97v); Here endith the squyeris tale… (f. 109)
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. n.8v-p.1v
First Lines:
[A]At surrey in the lond of Tartarye
There dwellyd a kyng that warryd russy…
Last Lines:
…[A]Ppollo whyrlith vp hys chare so hygh
Tyl that god Mercurius hous the sligh
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the squyers tale (sig. n.8v); The Squyers tale (RT); Explicit secunda pars / Incipit pars tercia (sig. p.1v, following V.670); Ther is nomore of the squyers tale… (sig. p.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. o.8v-q.3
First Lines:
[A]T surrye in the londe of Tartary
There duelled a king that warred on russy…
Last Lines:
…[A]Pollo whryllith vp his chare so high
Tyl that god Mercurius house the sligh
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth his Tale (sig. o.8v); The Squyers Tale (RT); Explicit pars secunda / Et incipit pars tercia (sig. q.3, following V.670); There is nomore of the squyers tale… (sig. q.3)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. m.2ra-m.7ra
First Lines:
[A]T surrey in the londe of tartarye
There dwellyd a kyng þat warryd russy…
Last Lines:
…[A]Ppollo whirllyth vp his chare so hyghe
Tyl that god mercurius hous the sligh
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the squyres tale (sig. m.2ra); The squyres tale (RT); Explicit secunda pars Et inci / pit tercia pars (sig. m.7ra, following V.670); There can be founde no more of this fore / sayd tale whyche I haue ryght dilygently ser / chyd in many dyuers Copyes (sig. m.7ra)