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Art Sources Review

Title of Product:

Caxton’s Chaucer

Country: United Kingdom
Century: 1400 - The 15th Century
Topic: William Caxton
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Name of Author(s): British Library
Name of Producer: British Library
Language/s of Product: English
Target Group: General public, Chaucer Scholars, teachers, students 11+
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Objectives & Structure:
There is a ‘Basics’ section which introduces William Caxton and Chaucer.
In the ‘Background’ section there is information on Caxton’s life and about how he became involved with printing. There are links to some web resources on Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales and further references and a time-line.
In the ‘Texts’ section you can view the digital versions of Caxton’s two editions of the Canterbury Tales, print them out and also compare them side by side.
Description of contents:
This is a superb site that allows scholars, teachers and students to explore a wide range of material about Caxton and his books of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
It consists of a series of essays or explanations and interactive images that allow detailed investigation.

You will find this site useful if you are interested in:
The history of printing and publishing; the life of Caxton; the history of books and of reading; the history of technology; the history of types; the history of international trade; intellectual life during the Wars of the Roses
Evaluation and Comments:
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Clarity of structure, logical sequence of contents: excellent
Usability / easiness of navigation: excellent
The website is interesting / stimulating: excellent
Educational and learning value: excellent
Quality and relevancy of content: excellent
Compatibility of the content with the target group: excellent
Suitability and quality of graphic interface: excellent
Degree and quality of interaction: excellent
Exploitation of the electronic potential: excellent
Availability and quality of simulation exercises: excellent
Quality of the evaluation tools: excellent
Possibility of printing/saving material or tests: excellent
Description of how the website can be used with the students::
The site could provide students with a clear understanding of Caxton’s work and place it into the historical and literary context of 15th century. It could stimulate both individual research or group discussion and be used at a variety of levels.
The textual comparisons would support study within the English curriculum, whilst study of Caxton’s techniques would relate to student’s own printmaking work.
An essential site for teachers or students.
Evaluation Date: 30.06.08
Name of teacher: Sam Tinkler, Louise Saunders
Name of School: Southfield Technology College
Country: UK
Subjects Taught: Art/English

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