Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer; a New Text with Illustrative Notes Volume 1
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...Chaucer's time, which are cut in patterns not unlike the tracery of church windows. Mr. C. Roach Smith has in his interesting museum some beautiful samples of shoes cut in this manner, more elaborate even than these cuts. It has been conjectured that the phrase Powles wiin-dowes, refers more especially to the rose window of old St. Paul's Ca-In hosen reed he went ful fetusly. I-clad he was ful smal and propurly, ' 3320 Al in a kirtel of a fyn wachet; Schapen with goores in the newe get. And therupon he had a gay surplys, As whyt as is the blosme upon the rys. A mery child he was, so God me save; Wel couthe he lete blood, and clippe and schave, And make a chartre of lond and acqitaunce. In twenty maners he coude skip and daunce, After the scole of Oxenforde tho, And with his legges casten to and fro; 3330 And pleyen songes on a small rubible; Ther-to he sang som tyme a lowde quynyble. And as wel coude he pleye on a giterne. In al the toun nas brewhous ne tavernc, That he ne visited with his solas, Ther as that any gaylard tapster was. But soth to say he was somdel squaymous Of fartyng, and of speche daungerous. This Absolon, that joly was and gay, thedral, which resembled the ornament in the cut to the right. Warton, Hist. E. P. ii, 104, says that calcei fenestrali occur in ancient injunctions to the clergy. Chaucer, in the Romaunt of the Rose, speaks of Mirth as, --Shod, with grete maistrie, With shone decopid and with lace. It may he observed, however, that this is a literal translation from the French original, decoupe. 3322.--Instead of this line, Tyrwhitt reads, --FulfaiTe and thicke ben the pointet set. Goth with a senser on the haly day, 3340 Sensing the wyves of the parisch fast; And many a lovely look on hem he cast, And namely on...
Geoffrey Chaucer, one of England's greatest poets, was born in London about 1340, the son of a wine merchant and deputy to the king's butler and his wife Agnes. Not much is known of Chaucer's early life and education, other than he learned to read French, Latin, and Italian. His experiences as a civil servant and diplomat are said to have developed his fascination with people and his knowledge of English life. In 1359-1360 Chaucer traveled with King Edward III's army to France during the Hundred Years' War and was captured in Ardennes. He returned to England after the Treaty of Bretigny when the King paid his ransom. In 1366 he married Philippa Roet, one of Queen Philippa's ladies, who gave him two sons and two daughters. Chaucer remained in royal service traveling to Flanders, Italy, and Spain. These travels would all have a great influence on his work. His early writing was influenced by the French tradition of courtly love poetry, and his later work by the Italians, especially Dante, Boccaccio, and Petrarch. Chaucer wrote in Middle English, the form of English used from 1100 to about 1485. He is given the designation of the first English poet to use rhymed couplets in iambic pentameter and to compose successfully in the vernacular. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is a collection of humorous, bawdy, and poignant stories told by a group of fictional pilgrims traveling to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket. It is considered to be among the masterpieces of literature. His works also include The Book of the Duchess, inspired by the death of John Gaunt's first wife; House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls, and The Legend of Good Women. Troilus and Criseyde, adapted from a love story by Boccaccio, is one of his greatest poems apart from The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer died in London on October 25, 1400. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, in what is now called Poet's Corner.