The Canterbury Tales

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Prakash Book Depot, 2017 - Bibles - 672 pages

It is not all gold that glareth." On an evening in April, at The Tabard Inn, as Harry Bailly awaits to begin his pilgrimage to the shrine of Thomas Beckett in Canterbury, there comes a group of twenty-nine pilgrims, belonging to the various ranks of the English society. And the next morning, as they all embark on their journey together, begins The Canterbury Tales.
From the Knight, the Reeve, the Wife of Bath, and the Clerk to the Monk, the Cook, and the Yeoman, each one narrates his/her story as a part of the story-telling contest. As rich and varied as their lives are, interspersed with quarrels, conversations, and opinions, the tales give a colourful insight into the medieval English society and social milieu of that period.
Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is one of the greatest works of English Literature. This fourteenth century masterpiece has been delighting its readers for almost six centuries and will continue to do so for years to come.

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About the author (2017)

Chaucer began writing The Canterbury Tales probably around 1387. Its first printed version came with William Caxton' s introduction of the printing press in the late 1470s. Chaucer wrote the Treatise on the Astrolabe for his eleven-year-old son in 1391. According to the inscription on his tomb, Chaucer died on October 25, 1400, and was buried in Westminster Abbey in London. His remains were moved to the Poets' Corner in 1556 and he was the first writer to be buried there.