Troilus and Criseyde

Chaucer, Geoffrey (c.1343–1400), modernised by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

Open Access logo

A modernised translation of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, retaining as much of Chaucer’s diction and rhymes as possible. Written in Middle English and rime royale in the 1380s, Troilus and Criseyde reinterprets the tale of Troilus and Cressida set during the Trojan War. Adapted from Boccaccio’s Il Filostrato, the poem is a tragedy infused with humour. It portrays Troilus as a deserted lover and Criseyde as an unintentional betrayer. The work contributes to English literature’s Medieval Renaissance, melding classical themes with medieval sensibilities and English characterization. The character Pandarus, who deceives Criseyde, later reappears in literary figures like Shakespeare’s Iago and Iachimo. The modern version of the poem retains Chaucer’s rhyme and diction, eliminating archaic terms requiring explanatory notes.

Author Details

cover image

Kline, A. S.

Support Open-Access:

Your contribution keeps our classical translations available to all. Every dollar helps support classics education and funds the expansion of our catalogue. Value what we do? Donate now.

© Copyright, All Rights Reserved. This work may be freely reproduced, stored and transmitted, electronically or otherwise, for any non-commercial purpose. Conditions and Exceptions apply.