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Troilus and Criseyde (Penguin Classics)

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During the great siege of Troy, Troilus, the son of Priam, sees Criseyde and falls in love with her. Later, with the help Pandarus- one of the first great character studies in our literature-Troilus wins her love, only to be betrayed.

About the Author

Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London, the son of a wine-merchant, in about 1342, and as he spent his life in royal government service his career happens to be unusually well documented. By 1357 Chaucer was a page to the wife of Prince Lionel, second son of Edward III, and it was while in the prince's service that Chaucer was ransomed when captured during the English campaign in France in 1359-60. Chaucer's wife Philippa, whom he married c. 1365, was the sister of Katherine Swynford, the mistress (c. 1370) and third wife (1396) of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, whose first wife Blanche (d. 1368) is commemorated in Chaucer's ealrist major poem, The Book of the Duchess.

From 1374 Chaucer worked as controller of customs on wool in the port of London, but between 1366 and 1378 he made a number of trips abroad on official business, including two trips to Italy in 1372-3 and 1378. The influence of Chaucer's encounter with Italian literature is felt in the poems he wrote in the late 1370's and early 1380s – The House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls and a version of The Knight's Tale – and finds its fullest expression in Troilus and Criseyde.

In 1386 Chaucer was member of parliament for Kent, but in the same year he resigned his customs post, although in 1389 he was appointed Clerk of the King's Works (resigning in 1391). After finishing Troilus and his translation into English prose of Boethius' De consolatione philosophiae, Chaucer started his Legend of Good Women. In the 1390s he worked on his most ambitious project, The Canterbury Tales, which remained unfinished at his death. In 1399 Chaucer leased a house in the precincts of Westminster Abbey but died in 1400 and was buried in the Abbey.

Nevill Coghill (1899-1980) held many appointments at Oxford University. His translation of Chaucers Troilus and Criseyde is also published by Penguin Classics.

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140442397
Translator:
Coghill, Nevill
Author:
Coghill, Nevill
Author:
Chaucer, Geoffrey
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
British and irish
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Narrative poetry, English
Subject:
Trojan War
Subject:
Princes
Subject:
Epic poetry, English
Subject:
Troy
Subject:
Trojan War -- Poetry.
Subject:
Cressida
Subject:
Troilus
Subject:
Trojan War CONTRIBUTION: Coghill, Nevill, = tr.
Subject:
Narrative poetry, English (Middle)
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
25-A
Publication Date:
19710431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.74x5.08x.67 in. .57 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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