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Canterbury Tales (New Edition)
Author: CHAUCER GEOFFREY

ISBN: 9781840226928
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 768
Published: 8 October 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.8
Description:
During his life, Geoffrey Chaucer (born c.1340) was courtier, diplomat, revenue collector, administrator, negotiator, overseer of building projects, landowner and knight of the shire. He was servant, retainer, husband, friend and father. Whilst he was doing and 'being' all of these things, he was writing. Not only did he write in English - for princes, friends, family and, presumably, for his own pleasure - but his knowledge of French and Italian enabled him to engage with the works of notable French poets such as Eustache Deschamps, and also with the Italian works of Petrarch, Dante and Boccaccio, an understanding which he used to enrich and develop his own language. It was Boccaccio's Decameron which inspired Chaucer, in the 1390s, to begin work on 'The Canterbury Tales', which was still unfinished at his death in October 1400. It tells the story of a group of 30 pilgrims who meet at the Tabard Inn in Southwark, on the south bank of the Thames opposite the city of London, and travel together to visit the then famous shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury cathedral. The tavern host, who accompanies them, suggests that they amuse one another along the way by telling stories. There w...

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