Canterbury Tales

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J.M. Dent, 1990 - Poetry - 612 pages
'The Canterbury tales' depicts a storytelling competition between pilgrims drawn from all ranks of society. The tales are as various as the pilgrims themselves, encompassing comedy, pathos, tragedy, and cynicism. The Miller and the Reeve express their mutual antagonism in a pair of comic stories combining sex and trickery; in 'The Shipman's Tale', a wife sells her favors to a monk. Others draw on courtly romance and fantasy - the Knight tells of rivals competing for the love of the same woman, and the Squire describes a princess who can speak to birds. In these twenty-four tales, Chaucer displays a dazzling range of literary styles and conjures up a vivid picture of medieval life.

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This is a 14th Century collection of bawdy and cynical poetry written in Middle English, all woven together in the story of a pilgrimage to Thomas Becket's shrine in Canterbury. The diverse collection ... Read full review

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Beware of translation CD!: This is a translation abridgement (not the original text). It's not going to help you at all, with any english class. If you want to listen to the original unabridged text in middle english look here:[[ASIN:1402548931 The Canterbury Tales]] Read full review

About the author (1990)

Geoffrey Chaucer, who was born in 1343 and died in 1400, is widely considered to be the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. While he achieved fame during his lifetime as an author of a number of works, he is best known today for THE CANTERBURY TALES.

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