9780140424386

The Canterbury Tales

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    9780140424386

  • ISBN10:

    0140424385

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-02-04
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

With their astonishing diversity of tone and subject matter, The Canterbury Taleshave become one of the touchstones of medieval literature. Translated here into modern English, these tales of a motley crowd of pilgrims drawn from all walks of life-from knight to nun, miller to monk-reveal a picture of English life in the fourteenth century that is as robust as it is representative. Translated by Nevill Coghill

Author Biography

Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1342-1400) had a career in royal service as a member of the court and a diplomat. His literary work, notable for its range of genres, helped establish the English literary tradition.

Nevill Coghill (1899-1980) held many appointments at Oxford University. His translation of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde is also published by Penguin Classics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Chaucer's Life -- Chaucer's Works xi
The Canterbury Tales
[GROUP A]
The Prologue
3(23)
The Knight's Tale
26(62)
Words between the Host and the Miller
86(2)
The Miller's Tale
88(20)
The Reeve's Prologue
106(2)
The Reeve's Tale
108(12)
The Cook's Prologue
119(1)
The Cook's Tale
120(6)
[GROUP B]
Introduction to the Man of Law's Tale
122(3)
The Man of Law's Prologue
125(1)
The Man of Law's Tale
126(31)
Epilogue to the Man of Law's Tale
156(1)
The Shipman's Tale
157(13)
Words of the Host to the Shipman and the Prioress
169(1)
The Prioress's Prologue
169(1)
The Prioress's Tale
170(7)
Words of the Host to Chaucer
176(1)
Chaucer's Tale of Sir Topaz
177(8)
The Host stops Chaucer's Tale of Sir Topaz
183(2)
Chaucer's Tale of Melibee (in synopsis)
185(4)
Words of the Host to the Monk
186(3)
The Monks Tale
189(25)
(Lucifer, Adam, Samson, Hercules, Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Zenobia, King Peter of Spain, King Peter of Cyprus, Bernabo Visconti of Lombardy, Count Ugolino of Pisa, Nero, Holofernes, King Antiochus the Illustrious, Alexander, Julius Caesar, Croesus)
Words of the Knight and the Host
213(1)
The Nun's Priest's Tale
214(18)
Words of the Host to the Nun's Priest
231(1)
[GROUP C]
The Physician's Tale
232(12)
Words of the Host to the Physician and to the Pardoner
239(2)
The Pardoner's Prologue
241(3)
The Pardoner's Tale
244(37)
[GROUP D]
The Wife of Bath's Prologue
258(22)
Words between the Summoner and the Friar
280(1)
The Wife of Bath's Tale
281(12)
The Friar's Prologue
292(1)
The Friar's Tale
293(12)
The Summoner's Prologue
303(2)
The Summoner's Tale
305(17)
[GROUP E]
The Clerk's Prologue
320(2)
The Clerk's Tale
322(35)
Chaucer's Envoy to the Clerk's Tale
354(2)
The Merchant's Prologue
356(1)
The Merchant's Tale
357(32)
Epilogue to the Merchant's Tale
388(1)
[GROUP F]
The Squire's Prologue
389(1)
The Squire's Tale
389(20)
Words of the Franklin to the Squire and of the Host to the Franklin
407(1)
The Franklin's Prologue
408(1)
The Franklin's Tale
409(28)
[GROUP G]
The Second Nun's Prologue
433(4)
The Second Nun's Tale
437(17)
The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue
449(5)
The Canon's Yeoman's Tale
454(24)
[GROUP H]
The Manciple's Prologue
475(3)
The Manciple's Tale
478(9)
[GROUP I]
The Parson's Prologue
485(2)
The Parson's Tale (in synopsis)
487(3)
Chaucer's Retractions
489(1)
Notes 490

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