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Miller's & Reeve's Tales: Home

View a letterpress book created by students at The College of St. Scholastica in the Honor Course The Book in the 15th Century.

The Miller

Chaucer's Miller

Woodblock image of the Miller, from Wynkyn de Worde’s 1498 printing The Boke of Chaucer Named Caunterbury Tales.

The Illuminated Miller's & Reeve's Tale

Carpet page of the Miller's and Reeve's Tale

Carpet page of the Miller's & Reeve's Tale
Illustrated by M. Schifsky


Creating the Miller's & Reeve's Tales

Lindisfarne Capital STUDENTS IN THE HONORS COURSE THE BOOK IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY illuminated a manuscript of Geoffrey Chaucer's Miller's and Reeve's Tales from his book The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer, (ca. 1342-1400),  was an English merchant, diplomat, and writer. The Canterbury Tales is considered one of the great poetical works of the English language.

Students were assigned 100 lines of text from the poem which they lettered using an uncial script. Each 100 lines of text also included an illuminated letter based on the Lindisfarne Gospels. Then, working with their same 100 lines from the manuscript, students hand-set lead type with a matching photo-engraving of their illuminated letter and bound a limited letterpress edition of The Miller's and Reeve's Tales. You are invited to view their work on this guide.

Dr. William Hodapp, Fulbright Scholar and Professor of English at The College of St. Scholastica, created an exemplar text of The Miller's and Reeve's Tales and worked with students on its interpretation. The calligraphy & illumination was overseen by Ms Meridith Schifsky, Calligrapher. The typesetting, printing, & binding was overseen by Mr. Todd White, Printer, & Librarian at The College.

The Miller's and Reeve's Tales were hand-set in 12-pt Colm Cille, an uncial typeface, cast for this project by  Dr. Hans-Ulrich Frey at the Offizin Parnassia Vaettis, Switzerland. The decorative initials are photo engravings based on letters from the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Decorative initial S from the Lindisfarne Gospels.

The Miller's and Reeve's Tales

The Reeve

Chaucer's Reeve

Woodblock image of the Reeve, from Wynkyn de Worde’s 1498 printing The Boke of Chaucer Name Caunterbury Tales.