That Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde is steeped in Boethian influence is unquestionable. The manner in which Chaucer employs this influence is less clear. John P. McCall suggests a structural similarity. Martin Camargo supports the notion of character parallels, and, in his book Chaucer and the Consolation of Philosophy of Boethius, Bernard L. Jefferson particularly emphasizes Chaucer's use of Boethian quotations. Several other scholars point to thematic similarities in the works, such as Chaucer's and Boethius' discussions of Lady Fortuna. Clearly much study has been given to the role of Boethian influence on Chaucer's Troilus. Unfortunately, most of these examinations focus on one particular element of influence separate from the others. I assert there is an interconnectedness of Boethian elements in Troilus and Criseyde which demonstrates a closer relationship between the two texts than the narrower studies indicate.
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Walthour, Frederick E.
"Adaptation of Boethian Structure and Theme in Troilus and Criseyde,"
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