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The Canterbury Tales (Penguin Classics)

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A new original-spelling edition of a landmark work of English literature.

"From every shires ende Of Engelond to Caunterbury they wende"

One of the greatest and most ambitious works in English literature, The Canterbury Tales depicts a storytelling competition between pilgrims drawn from all ranks of society. The tales are as various as the pilgrims themselves, encompassing comedy, pathos, tragedy, and cynicism. The Miller and the Reeve express their mutual antagonism in a pair of comic stories combining sex and trickery; in "The Shipman's Tale," a wife sells her favors to a monk. Others draw on courtly romance and fantasy: the Knight tells of rivals competing for the love of the same woman, and the Squire describes a princess who can speak to birds. In these twenty-four tales, Chaucer displays a dazzling range of literary styles and conjures up a wonderfully vivid picture of medieval life.

In her introduction to this original-spelling edition, Jill Mann discusses the recurring themes that link these richly varied narratives, and the central role of Chaucer as both narrator and pilgrim. This edition also includes on-page glosses, a chronology, further reading, a section on "Chaucer's language," freshly researched explanatory notes, and a full glossary.

Synopsis:

One of the greatest and most ambitious works in English literature, The Canterbury Tales depicts a storytelling competition between pilgrims drawn from all ranks of society.

The tales are as various as the pilgrims themselves, encompassing comedy, pathos, tragedy, and cynicism. The Miller and the Reeve express their mutual antagonism in a pair of comic stories combining sex and trickery; in “The Shipman’s Tale,” a wife sells her favors to a monk. Others draw on courtly romance and fantasy: the Knight tells of rivals competing for the love of the same woman, and the Squire describes a princess who can speak to birds. In these twenty-four tales, Chaucer displays a dazzling range of literary styles and conjures up a wonderfully vivid picture of medieval life.

  • Freshly established Middle English text with standardized spelling and punctuation and on-page glossing
  • Features an introduction, a chronology of Chaucer's life and works, detailed explanatory notes, suggestions for further reading, a full glossary, and a bibliography
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Synopsis:

The father of English literature shines in this authoritative selection from the greatest collection of narrative poems in the English language. Includes footnotes, normalized spelling, and a glossary of Middle English. Reissue.

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 earliest major poem, "The Book of the Duchess."

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). 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.

Jill Mann is a fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of St. Anne's College, Oxford, and a Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge.

Table of Contents

The Canterbury Tales Acknowledgments

Editor's Note

Chronolgy

Introduction

Further Reading

Chaucer's Language

A Note on the Tect

Abbreviations of the Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

Fragment I (Group A)

The General Prologue

The Knight's Tale

The Miller's Prologue and Tale

The Reeve's Prologue and Tale

The Cook's Prologue and Tale

Fragment II (Group B)

The Man of Law's Prologue, Tale and Epilogue

Fragment III (Group D)

The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale

The Friar's Prologue and Tale

The Summoner's Prologue and Tale

Fragment IV (Group E)

The Clerk's Prologue and Tale

The Merchant's Prologue, Tale and Epilogue

Fragment V (Group F)

The Squire's Prologue and Tale

The Squire-Franklin Link, the Franklin's Prologue and Tale

Fragment VI (Group C)

The Physician's Tale

The Physicia-Pardoner Link, The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale

Fragment VII (Group B)

The Shipman's Tale

The Shipman-Prioress Link, The Prioress's Prologue and Tale

The Prioress-Sir Thopas Link and Sir Thopas

The Thopas-Melibee Link and the Tale of Melibee

The Monk's Prologue and Tale

The Nun's Priest's Prologue, Tale and Epilogue

Fragment VIII (Group G)

The Second Nun's Prologue and Tale

The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue and Tale

Fragment IX (Group H)

The Manciple's Prologue and Tale

Fragment X (Group I)

The Parson's Prologue and Tale

Chaucer's Retractions

Abbrviated References

Notes

Glossary

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140422344
Subtitle:
(original-spelling edition)
Editor:
Mann, Jill
Notes by:
Mann, Jill
Editor:
Mann, Jill
Author:
Chaucer, Geoffrey
Author:
Mann, Jill
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Original Spelling
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
August 30, 2005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
1328
Dimensions:
7.76x5.14x2.24 in. 1.88 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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One of the greatest and most ambitious works in English literature, The Canterbury Tales depicts a storytelling competition between pilgrims drawn from all ranks of society.

The tales are as various as the pilgrims themselves, encompassing comedy, pathos, tragedy, and cynicism. The Miller and the Reeve express their mutual antagonism in a pair of comic stories combining sex and trickery; in “The Shipman’s Tale,” a wife sells her favors to a monk. Others draw on courtly romance and fantasy: the Knight tells of rivals competing for the love of the same woman, and the Squire describes a princess who can speak to birds. In these twenty-four tales, Chaucer displays a dazzling range of literary styles and conjures up a wonderfully vivid picture of medieval life.

  • Freshly established Middle English text with standardized spelling and punctuation and on-page glossing
  • Features an introduction, a chronology of Chaucer's life and works, detailed explanatory notes, suggestions for further reading, a full glossary, and a bibliography
  • Companion to the Penguin Classics original-spelling edition of Troilus and Criseyde

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"Synopsis" by , The father of English literature shines in this authoritative selection from the greatest collection of narrative poems in the English language. Includes footnotes, normalized spelling, and a glossary of Middle English. Reissue.

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