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Perhaps the most famous text remaining in Middle English, this tells the stories told by a party of pilgrims journeying from London to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket in Canterbury. Chaucer offers a tableau of life in 14th-century England.
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Master this multi-layered masterpiece of Middle English literature: CliffsNotes on The Canterbury Tales can guide you step by step along Geoffrey Chaucer's medieval storytelling pilgrimage. As they entertain one another on the road to Canterbury with tall tales and fairy tales both moral and immoral, the pilgrims reveal their true natures. Become acquainted with the fables and foibles of Chaucer's most memorable characters - the drunken Miller, the noble Knight, the duplicitous Pardoner, and the bawdy Wife of Bath - through in-depth character analyses; then sort out the whole merry band of pilgrims with the handy CliffsNotes character map. CliffsNotes on The Canterbury Tales provides complete coverage of all 24 tales with plot summaries and commentaries on timeless themes such as gender roles in love and marriage.
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Join Chaucer's band of pilgrims on their journey in CliffsNotes on The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer's narrators represent a wide spectrum of society with various ranks and occupations. From the distinguished and noble Knight, to the pious abbess, the honorable Clerk, the rich landowner, the worldly and crude Wife, and on down the scale to the low, vulgar Miller and Carpenter, and the corrupt Pardoner.
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About the Author
A Fullbright scholar at the University of Vienna, JAMES L. ROBERTS was Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He taught extensively at major universities throughout the world.
Table of Contents
Life and Background of the Author.
Introduction to the Tales.
The Knight's Tale.
The Miller's Prologue and Tale.
The Reeve's Prologue and Tale.
The Cook's Prologue and Tale.
The Man of Law's Prologue and Tale.
The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale.
The Friar's Prologue and Tale.
The Summoner's Prologue and Tale.
The Clerk's Prologue and Tale.
The Merchant's Prologue and Tale.
The Squire's Prologue and Tale.
The Franklin's Prologue and Tale.
The Physician's Tale.
The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale.
The Shipman's Tale.
The Prioress' Prologue and Tale.
Chaucer's Tale of Sir Topas.
The Tale of Melibee.
The Monk's Tale.
The Nun's Priest's Tale.
The Second Nun's Prologue and Tale.
The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue and Tale.
The Manciple's Prologue and Tale.
The Parson's Prologue and Tale.
CliffsNotes Resource Center.