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Canterbury Tales

ISBN-10: 0486431622

ISBN-13: 9780486431628

Edition: 2004

Authors: Geoffrey Chaucer, J. U. Nicolson

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In 'The Canterbury Tales', Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a masterly collection of chivalric romances, moral allegories and low farce.
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List price: $10.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/18/2015
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
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 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.

The Prologue
The Knight's Tale
The Miller's Prologue
The Miller's Tale
The Reeve's Prologue
The Reeve's Tale
The Cook's Prologue
The Cook's Tale
Introduction to the Lawyer's Prologue
The Lawyer's Prologue
The Lawyer's Tale
The Sailor's Prologue
The Sailor's Tale
The Prioress's Prologue
The Prioress's Invocation
The Prioress's Tale
Prologue to Sir Thopas
Sir Thopas
Prologue to Melibeus
The Tale of Melibeus
The Monk's Prologue
The Monk's Tale
Lucifer
Adam
Samson
Hercules
Nebuchadnezzar
Belshazzar
Zenobia
Pedro, King of Spain
Peter, King of Cyprus
Bernabo of Lombardy
Ugolino, Count of Pisa
Nero
Holofernes
Antiochus Epiphanes
Alexander
Julius Caesar
Croesus
The Prologue to the Nun's Priest's Tale
The Nun's Priest's Tale
Epilogue to the Nun's Priest's Tale
The Physician's Tale
The Words of the Host
The Prologue of the Pardoner's Tale
The Pardoner's Tale
The Wife of Bath's Prologue
Behold the Words Between the Summoner and the Friar
The Tale of the Wife of Bath
The Friar's Prologue
The Friar's Tale
The Summoner's Prologue
The Summoner's Tale
The Clerk's Prologue
The Clerk's Tale
Envoy of Chaucer
The Merchant's Prologue
The Merchant's Tale
Epilogue to the Merchant's Tale
The Squire's Prologue
The Squire's Tale
The Words of the Franklin
The Franklin's Prologue
The Franklin's Tale
The Second Nun's Prologue
The Second Nun's Tale
The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue
The Canon's Yeoman's Tale
The Manciple's Prologue
The Manciple's Tale of the Crow
The Parson's Prologue
The Parson's Tale
Wherein Chaucer Takes Leave of His Book