Troilus and Criseyde

ISBN-10: 0140424210
ISBN-13: 9780140424218
Edition: 2nd 2003
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Description: Set during the tenth year of the siege of Troy, this poem relates how Troilus persuades Crisyede to become his lover, only to be forced apart by the events of war. The poem is provided with on-page glosses, explanatory notes and full glossary.

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List price: $17.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/27/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836

Set during the tenth year of the siege of Troy, this poem relates how Troilus persuades Crisyede to become his lover, only to be forced apart by the events of war. The poem is provided with on-page glosses, explanatory notes and full glossary.

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.

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 13421400) was born in London, the son of a wine merchant, and spent his life in royal and government service. His literary work, notable for its range of genres, helped establish the English literary tradition. <BR><BR> Barry Windeatt is a professor of English at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He translated <I>The Book of Margery Kempe</I> for Penguin Classics.

Oxford World's Classics Troilus And Criseyde
Introduction
Translator's Note
Select Bibliography
A Chronology Of Geoffrey Chaucer
Explanatory Notes
Index Of Proverbs
The Trojan War: An Index Of Names

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