The Canterbury Tales

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  • Penguin Books
  • On a spring day in April--sometime in the waning years of the 14th century--29 travelers set out for Canterbury on a
    pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Thomas Beckett. Among them is a knight, a monk, a prioress, a plowman, a miller, a
    merchant, a clerk, and an oft-widowed wife from Bath. Travel is arduous and wearing; to maintain their spirits, this
    band of pilgrims entertains each other with a series of tall tales that span the spectrum of literary genres. Five
    hundred years later, people are still reading Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. If you haven't yet made the
    acquaintance of the Franklin, the Pardoner, or the Squire because you never learned Middle English, take heart: this
    edition of the Tales has been translated into modern idiom.

    From the heroic romance of "The Knight's Tale" to the low farce embodied in the stories of the Miller, the Reeve, and
    the Merchant, Chaucer treated such universal subjects as love, sex, and death in poetry that is simultaneously witty,
    insightful, and poignant. The Canterbury Tales is a grand tour of 14th-century English mores and morals--one that
    modern-day readers will enjoy.

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