While Geoffrey Chaucer composed several magnificent works of poetry, his reputation as "the father of English literature" rests mainly on The Canterbury Tales, a group of stories told by assorted pilgrims en route to the shrine of Thomas ? Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. From the mirthful and bawdy to the profoundly moral, the tales, taken in their entirety, reflect not only the manners and mores of medieval England, but indeed, the full comic and tragic dimensions of the human condition. Considered the greatest collection of narrative poems in English literature, The Canterbury Tales was composed in the Middle English of Chaucer's day, possibly to be read aloud at the court of Richard II. However, their grandeur, humor, and relevance are timeless, as readers of this authoritative edition will discover.
An odd group of strangers sets off on a pilgrimage to Canterbury, telling stories along the way. The stories, retold in this selection, are outrageous, romantic, funny and every bit as entertaining now as when they were first written, over 600 years ago. Retold by Sarah Courtauld, Susanna Davidson & Dr. Abigail Wheatley.
The Selected Canterbury Tales – A New Verse Translation
"The Canterbury Tales" is a major part of England's literary heritage. From the exuberant Wife of Bath's Arthurian legend to the Miller's worldly, ribald farce, these tales can be taken as a mirror of fourteenth-century London. Incorporating every style of medieval narrative - bawdy anecdote, allegorical fable and courtly romance - the tales encompass a blend of universal human themes. Retold by Joanna Strange.
'We'll give a free dinner to the person who tells the best story. Now, put up your hands if you agree.' The pilgrims all held up their hands. A group of pilgrims are travelling together for five days from London to Canterbury. On the way, each pilgrim has to tell a story to keep the others amused. Some stories are happy, and some are sad. But they all have a message, and we can learn from them.
The Canterbury Tales 2e – Fifteen Tales and the General Prologue 2e (NCE)
Canterbury Tales+Cd New Edition
The procession that crosses Chaucer's pages is as full of life and as richly textured as a medieval tapestry. The Knight, the Miller, the Friar, the Squire, the Prioress, the Wife of Bath, and others who make up the cast of characters - including Chaucer himself ~ are real people, with human emotions and weaknesses. When it is remembered that Chaucer wrote in English at a time when Latin was the standard literary language across western Europe, the magnitude of his achievement is even more remarkable. But Chaucer's genius needs no historical introduction; it bursts forth from every page of The Canterbury Tales.
In Chaucer's classic, much-loved collection of tales a host of medieval characters come alive on the page - and they are as lively and colourful now as they were seven hundred years ago! In this retelling of five of the stories in modern English, Chaucer's pilgrims entertain us with tales of knights and ruffians, desperate lovers, resourceful women, talking animals… and more. Adopted by Robert Hill.
With their astonishing diversity of tone and subject matter, The Canterbury Tales have become one of the touchstones of medieval literature. Translated here into modern English, these tales of a motley crowd of pilgrims drawn from all walks of life - from knight to nun, miller to monk - reveal a picture of English life in the fourteenth century that is as robust as it is representative.
HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. Full wise is he that can himselven knowe. Written at the end of the fourteenth century, the poet Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales are a collection of stories told in Middle-English. Thirty pilgrims leave Southwark to travel to a shrine in Canterbury and become the narrators, telling each other stories of chivalrous romance, fable, parable, debate and comedy as they journey. Their accounts of the human condition remain as resonant today as when they were first written.
Earnest Games – Folkloric Patterns in the Canterbury Tales (Paper only)
Tellers, Tales, and Translation argues that Chaucer often recast a coordinating idea or set of concerns in the portraits, prologues, tales, and epilogues that make up a 'Canterbury' performance.