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Canterbury Tales

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ISBN-10: 0140380531

ISBN-13: 9780140380538

Edition: 1996 (Abridged)

Authors: Geoffrey Chaucer, Geraldine McCaughrean, Geoffrey Chaucer

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Geraldine McCaughrean provides a retelling of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, along with a biography and details of the historical context of the book.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 8/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.13" wide x 7.81" long x 0.29" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

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…    

Children and young adult novelist Geraldine McCaughrean was born in Enfield, England and educated at Christ Church College, Canterbury. She worked as a secretary at Thames Television and later worked for a London publishing house. Her writing career includes the retelling of such classics as "One Thousand and One Arabian Nights," "The Canterbury Tales" and "The Bronze Cauldron: Myths and Legends of the World," which is a collection of stories from all over the world. McCaughrean has won the Whitebread Award for "A Little Lower Than the Angels," the Guardian Prize and Carnegie Medal for "A Pack of Lies," and the Beefeater Children's Novel Award for "Gold Dawn."