The Canterbury tales
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The Canterbury tales

By Geoffrey Chaucer
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This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition includes a glossary, sidebars, and readers notes to help the modern reader appreciate Chaucers richly layered tales.Includes General Prologue and Five Most Popular TalesIn 1367, King Edward III of England addressed Parliament in the crude language of the massesEnglish. Before then, the language of the Court and aristocracy had been French, and the language of the University and Church was Latin. In that same year, Geoffrey Chaucer, a young man in the court of the King, began to translate poetry from French into English. He would soon begin to write his own poetry in Englishagainst the best advice from literary and scholarly friends, who insisted that no one would read works written in this vulgar language.They were wrong, and six hundred years later, The Canterbury Tales still reverberates with the keen observations and acerbic wit of this first truly English poet. Chaucers understanding of human nature has given the world some of the most unforgettable characters in English literature. Travel with the Knight, the Miller, the irrepressible Wife of Bath, and the rest of the pilgrims to Canterbury as they tell the tales that have delighted, instructed, and shocked six centuries of readers.

Table of Contents
  • CONTENTS
  • PREFACE.
    • LIFE OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER.
    • THE CANTERBURY TALES.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
    • THE MILLER'S TALE.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
      • THE TALE.
    • THE REEVE'S TALE.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
    • THE COOK'S TALE.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
    • THE TALE.
    • THE MAN OF LAW'S TALE.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
    • THE WIFE OF BATH'S TALE.
    • THE FRIAR'S TALE.
    • THE TALE.
    • THE SOMPNOUR'S TALE.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
      • THE TALE.
    • THE CLERK'S TALE.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
    • THE MERCHANT'S TALE.
    • THE SQUIRE'S TALE.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
    • THE FRANKLIN'S TALE.
      • THE TALE.
    • THE DOCTOR'S TALE.
      • THE TALE.
    • THE PARDONER'S TALE.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
      • THE PROLOGUE
    • THE PRIORESS'S TALE.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
    • CHAUCER'S TALE OF SIR THOPAS.
    • CHAUCER'S TALE OF MELIBOEUS.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
    • THE MONK'S TALE.
      • THE PROLOGUE
    • THE NUN'S PRIEST'S TALE.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
    • THE MANCIPLE'S TALE.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
    • THE PARSON'S TALE.
      • THE PROLOGUE.
      • THE END OF THE CANTERBURY TALES
    • THE COURT OF LOVE.
    • THE CUCKOO AND THE NIGHTINGALE.
    • THE ASSEMBLY OF FOWLS.
    • THE FLOWER AND THE LEAF
    • THE HOUSE OF FAME
    • TROILUS AND CRESSIDA.
      • THE FIRST BOOK.
      • THE SECOND BOOK.
      • THE THIRD BOOK.
      • THE FOURTH BOOK
      • THE FIFTH BOOK.
    • CHAUCER'S DREAM.
    • THE PROLOGUE TO THE LEGEND OF GOOD WOMEN.
      • A.
    • A BALLAD SENT TO KING RICHARD.
    • A BALLAD OF GENTLENESS.
    • THE COMPLAINT OF CHAUCER TO HIS PURSE.
    • CHAUCER'S WORDS TO HIS SCRIVENER.
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