Canterbury Tales

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1990-06-01
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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The procession that crosses Chaucer's pages is as full of life and as richly textured as a medieval tapestry. The Knight, the Miller, the Friar, the Squire, the Prioress, the Wife of Bath, and others who make up the cast of characters -- including Chaucer himself -- are real people, with human emotions and weaknesses. When it is remembered that Chaucer wrote in English at a time when Latin was the standard literary language across western Europe, the magnitude of his achievement is even more remarkable. But Chaucer's genius needs no historical introduction; it bursts forth from every page ofThe Canterbury Tales.

Author Biography

Geoffrey Chaucer, considered by many to be both the father of modern English poetry and the father of the modern English novel (for Troilus and Criseyde), also distinguished himself in his lifetime as a civil servant and diplomat under three kings of England. When he was taken prisoner by the French, the King himself contributed to his ransom. When, in later years, the King wished to reward Chaucer for his services to the crown, he was granted -- among other favors -- the right to demand a daily jug of wine from the pantry of the royal butler. Toward the end of his career, he became a knight of the shire for Kent.

But it is for The Canterbury Tales that he is best remembered. This masterpiece of English literature moved Aldous Huxley to say, "If I dared to wish for genius, I would ask for the grace to write The Canterbury Tales."

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. xiii
General Prologuep. 1
The Knightp. 18
The Millerp. 59
The Reevep. 75
The Cookp. 85
The Man of Lawp. 88
The Shipmanp. 113
The Prioressp. 122
Chaucerp. 128
The Monkp. 134
The Nun's Priestp. 139
The Wife of Bathp. 153
The Friarp. 177
The Summonerp. 186
The Clericp. 199
The Merchantp. 224
The Squirep. 248
The Franklinp. 262
The Physicianp. 280
The Pardonerp. 286
The Second Nunp. 300
The Canon's Yeomanp. 312
The Manciplep. 331
The Parsonp. 339
Chaucer's Retractionp. 341
From The Canterbury Tales in Middle Englishp. 343
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