The Clerkenwell Tales

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 8, 2005 - Fiction - 224 pages
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From the foremost contemporary chronicler of London’s history, a suspenseful novel that ingeniously draws on Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales to recreate the city’s 14th century religious and political intrigues. London, 1399. Sister Clarice, a nun born below Clerkenwell convent, is predicting the death of King Richard II and the demise of the Church. Her visions can be dismissed as madness, until she accurately foretells a series of terrorist explosions. What is the role of the apocalyptic Predestined Men? And the clandestine Dominus? And what powers, ultimately, will prevail?In Peter Ackroyd’s deft and suprising narrative, The Miller, the Prioress, the Wife of Bath and other characters from Canterbury Tales pursue these mysteries through a pungently vivid medieval London.


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Contents

The Friars Tale
14
The Clerks Tale
35
The Franklins Tale
56
The Nuns Priests Tale
69
The Physicians Tale
87
The Manciples Tale
105
The Millers Tale
121
The Wife of Baths Tale I 32
146
The Man of Laws Tale
164
The Parcloners Tale l 76
183
The Second Nuns Tale
200
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Peter Ackroyd lives in London. He is the author of biographies of Dickens, Blake and Thomas More and of the bestselling London: The Biography. His most recent book is Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination.


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