Canterbury Tales

Canterbury Tales

by Sophia Lee

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A group of pilgrims bound for Canterbury Cathedral agrees to pass the weary miles by taking turns at storytelling. The result is English literature's greatest collection of chivalric romances, bawdy tales, fables, legends, and other stories. The pilgrims -- noble, coarse, jolly, and pious -- offer a vibrant portrait of fourteenth-century English life. The Canterbury Tales reflects a society in transition, as a middle class began to emerge from England's feudal system. Craftsmen and laborers ride side by side with the gentry on the road to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket, and their discussions and arguments about ethical issues mirror their changing world. The pilgrims' conversation and narratives also reveal their individual characters, and Chaucer's vivid, accurate portraits of human nature assured the Tales their enduring success. Each tale appears as a separate work that can be read and appreciated in its own right. Rich in metaphors drawn from the Bible and mythology and influenced by the great medieval masters Dante and Boccaccio, this immortal work appears here in a lucid translation into modern English verse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781976497469
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/21/2017
Pages: 538
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

Group A
The Prologue1
The Knight's Tale24
The Miller's Prologue78
The Miller's Tale80
The Reeve's Prologue97
The Reeve's Tale98
The Cook's Prologue109
The Cook's Tale110
Group B
Introduction to the Lawyer's Prologue112
The Lawyer's Prologue114
The Lawyer's Tale115
The Sailor's Prologue142
The Sailor's Tale143
The Prioress's Prologue154
The Prioress's Invocation154
The Prioress's Tale155
Prologue to Sir Thopas162
Sir Thopas162
Prologue to Melibeus169
The Tale of Melibeus170
The Monk's Prologue202
The Monk's Tale204
Pedro, King of Spain214
Peter, King of Cyprus215
Bernabo of Lombardy215
Ugolino, Count of Pisa215
Antiochus Epiphanes220
Julius Caesar222
The Prologue to the Nun's Priest's Tale226
The Nun's Priest's Tale227
Epilogue to the Nun's Priest's Tale242
Group C
The Physician's Tale243
The Words of the Host250
The Prologue of the Pardoner's Tale252
The Pardoner's Tale255
Group D
The Wife of Bath's Prologue268
Behold the Words Between the Summoner and the Friar287
The Tale of the Wife of Bath288
The Friar's Prologue299
The Friar's Tale300
The Summoner's Prologue309
The Summoner's Tale310
Group E
The Clerk's Prologue325
The Clerk's Tale326
Envoy of Chaucer355
The Merchant's Prologue357
The Merchant's Tale358
Epilogue to the Merchant's Tale385
Group F
The Squire's Prologue387
The Squire's Tale387
The Words of the Franklin404
The Franklin's Prologue405
The Franklin's Tale405
Group G
The Second Nun's Prologue427
The Second Nun's Tale430
The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue442
The Canon's Yeoman's Tale446
Group H
The Manciple's Prologue465
The Manciple's Tale of the Crow467
Group I
The Parson's Prologue475
The Parson's Tale477
Wherein Chaucer Takes Leave of His Book534

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