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Art Sources Review

Title of Product:

Online Gallery, Landmarks in Printing: 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:
The site provides a clear set of answers to a series of basic questions about Caxton and his work.
The first paragraph is illustrated with one printable image of The Canterbury Tales: The knight, from the Prologue. William Caxton, Westminster, 1483.
There are a set of links available that are detailed below.
Description of contents:
In addition to the illustrated text, the site has the following links:
• A manuscript version of the Canterbury Tales
• Comparisons between Caxton’s 2 editions of Chaucer’s work (already reviewed in this database:
• ‘Showcase’ – an opportunity to draw comparisons with William Morris and the 19th century Kelmscott Chaucer.
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
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 individual research or group discussion and be used at a variety of levels.
The link to William Morris and the Kelmscott Chaucer would allow for an interesting comparative study
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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