... it was published before Terry Jones' book "Chaucer's Knight" (which I have reviewed on this website) Otherwise it contains all that the student/reader of Chaucer needs: an authoritative text; notes; glossary and a helpful introduction. In particular, the explanations of some terms of classical/medieval rhetoric are excellent and necessary to any understanding of the Tale, whether you take the older approach or that of Terry Jones. Spearing, the editor, defines these crucial designations clearly, for example "occupatio" which means mentioning something only to say that one is not going to describe it further - as in the laborious use of the device in the 46 lines about Arcite's funeral. There are other aspects dealt with in the introduction but the reader is well advised to buy Terry Jones' book also before deciding on an interpretation. This newer view is that the Knight is, in fact, a mercenary, and that his Tale is typical of his lack of chivalric values in its bloodthirstiness and ineptitude of narration. Chaucer, in this light, has taken the "Teseida" of Boccaccio and stripped it of its courtly love values of generosity, sympathy, respect, humility and even love. The two men love each other more than the wooden Emily, Theseus is a ruthless tyrant, Venus and Mars are both of them harsh and unforgiving, the tournament and death of Arcite as gruesome as one would expect from a professional soldier of those times. It therefore fits into the Canterbury Tales as a satire on the decline of knighthood and a Tale whose teller does not fully understand what he is revealing. It explains the dark brutality of the story and is an hypothesis that I fully support.