The Canterbury Tales

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D. Appleton, 1855 - 586 pages
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A fun, easy to read masterpiece. - Goodreads
Difficult to read but worth pushing through. - Goodreads
One of the best pieces of writing. - Goodreads
I treat this more as prose than poetry. - Goodreads
difficult to read but risque for its time. - Goodreads
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Review: The Canterbury Tales

User Review  - Laura Marie - Goodreads

I loved many of the stories. Fun to read except the prose. I loved the feel of the stories and the thinking of everything in rhyme. Read full review

Review: The Canterbury Tales: A Prose Version in Modern English

User Review  - treehugger - Goodreads

I know this isn't the 'original' version, but Meredith mentioned the myriad of footnotes required just to understand the original version, and so I'd rather skip to one I can read w/o footnotes and still get credit for finishing the book lists this is on. Read full review

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Page 17 - PERSOUN of a toun ; But riche he was of holy thought and werk. He was also a lerned man, a clerk, That Cristes gospel trewely wolde preche ; His parisshens devoutly wolde he teche.
Page 11 - A CLERK ther was of Oxenforde also, That unto logike hadde long ygo. As lene was his hors as is a rake, And he was not right fat, I undertake; But loked holwe, and therto soberly.
Page 451 - If thilke day he wente in-to bataille; 325 She warned him, but it mighte nat availle; He wente for to fighte nathelees, But he was slayn anoon of Achilles. But thilke tale is al to long to telle, And eek it is ny day, I may nat dwelle.
Page 2 - ... corages) : Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages (And palmers for to seken straunge strondes) To...
Page 15 - His herberwe, his mone, and his lodemanage, -los Ther was non swiche, from Hull unto Cartage. Hardy he was, and wise, I undertake : With many a tempest hadde his herd be shake. He knew wel alle the havens, as they were, Fro Gotland, to the Cape de finistere, And every creke in Bretagne and in Spaine : His barge ycleped was the Magdelaine.
Page 20 - For to ben wise in bying of vitaille. For whether that he paide, or toke by taille, Algate he waited so in his achate, That he was ay before in good estate.
Page 20 - In honour dettelees, but he were wood, Or live as scarsly as him list desire; And able for to helpen al a shire In any cas that mighte falle or happe; And yit this maunciple sette hir aller cappe.
Page 17 - That first he wrought, and afterward he taught. Out of the gospel he the wordes caught, And this figure he added yet thereto, That if gold ruste, what shuld iren do ? Tor if a preest be foule, on whom we trust, No wonder is a lewed man to rust...
Page 22 - Than wolde he speke, and crye as he were wood. And whan that he wel dronken hadde the wyn, Than wolde he speke no word but Latyn. A fewe termes hadde he, two or three, That he had lerned out of som decree ; No wonder is, he herde it al the day ; And eek ye knowen wel, how that a jay Can clepen ' Watte,
Page 7 - But sore weep she if oon of hem were deed, Or if men smoot it with a yerde smerte : And al was conscience and tendre herte.

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