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A collection of stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century. The tales (mostly in verse, although some are in prose) are told as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. In a long list of works, including Troilus and Criseyde, House of Fame, and Parliament of Fowls, The Canterbury Tales was Chaucer's magnum opus. He uses the tales and the ...
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The Canterbury Tales (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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A collection of stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century. The tales (mostly in verse, although some are in prose) are told as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. In a long list of works, including Troilus and Criseyde, House of Fame, and Parliament of Fowls, The Canterbury Tales was Chaucer's magnum opus. He uses the tales and the descriptions of the characters to paint an ironic and critical portrait of English society at the time, and particularly of the Church. Structurally, the collection bears the influence of The Decameron, which Chaucer is said to have come across during his first diplomatic mission to Italy in 1372. However, Chaucer peoples his tales with 'sondry folk' rather than Boccaccio's fleeing nobles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789626340448
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: Abridged, 3 CDs
  • Pages: 21
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to have been buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey . While he achieved fame during his lifetime as an author, philosopher, alchemist and astronomer, composing a scientific treatise on the astrolabe for his ten year-old son Lewis, Chaucer also maintained an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Among his many works, which include The Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Legend of Good Women and Troilus and Criseyde, he is best loved today for The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer is a crucial figure in developing the legitimacy of the vernacular, Middle English, at a time when the dominant literary languages in England were French and Latin.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2009

    e-book review only; caution for ease of use

    Hanning's edition is marvelous in standard paper formatting. My review is for the electronic edition formatted for the Nook, however, which is extraordinarily poorly done--hence the detracted stars. 5 stars for content; 1 star for formatting.

    The electronic version has no line numbers, which is a problem. The translation is advertised as "facing page," but in fact it's just haphazardly lumped into the original Middle English with no warning and no formatting changes whatsoever. You'll be reading along in Middle English and suddenly find yourself reading the same thing all over again in Modern English, and there's nothing you can do about it. So basically only someone really familiar with the Canterbury Tales will be able to use this electronic format, and anyone else should stay away.

    It's a shame, because I'd really like to have access to this one on my Nook.

    65 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

    Ebook is unreadable--there is no such thing as a facing page ebook.

    The Barnes & Noble Classics Series edition of The Canterbury Tales has Chaucer's original text on one page and a modern translation on the facing page. This works wonderfully well in print books for obvious reasons. This does *not* work for ebooks.

    Reading this book on the nook you will read through a page or two of the original text, then on the next page turn you'll have the modernized translation, then back to the original again. It is not simply a matter of Chaucer's version being in one chapter, followed by a chapter in translation; in fact, Chaucer's version and the translation are interspersed together so that there is NO WAY of choosing to read one or the other without having to manually click forward watching to see when the language changes to Chaucer's language. Because of this, the book is simply unreadable.

    Go find a public domain version of Chaucer's text and take the effort to get a feel for his language.

    40 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Do not recommend

    This book did not switch to the nook format well. It jumps from 1400s style writing to current day at inappropriate moments, which probably made sense in the paper version, but not at all on the Nook. I could only get through the first 5 pages before giving up and going to a store to buy it in paper.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    not formatted for Nook

    I should have heeded the other review I read that said that the book does not work on the Nook. In paper form the book was supposed to have both the original on one page and the modern form on the right. They end up alternating on the nook. I figured I would just read the original, sort of like reading a real long Jabberwocky. At first there were clear breaks between the original and the modern, but after a few pages I found they ran together, making the book even more difficult to read. At that point I gave up. I'll read it on paper.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    A classic tale for years to come!

    This was one of the best books I ever read. I love that not only is the book presented in the original middle English, but also in translated modern English that I can understand. I was really blown away by the text and how expressive and beautiful it was. It is quite an undertaking, but it will pay off.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2001

    Delightful to Hear in the Recorded Books Edition

    This version will appeal most to those who have read and studied The Canterbury Tales and enjoyed them. The Canterbury Tales are best heard aloud. With commentary by Professor Murphy and talented actors, the various tales come appealingly alive. Chaucer¿s Middle English has its archaic words explained, and leaves the beauty of the meter and rhymes intact. The tales explore primarily relations between men and women, people and God, and consistently challenge hypocrisy. The tales also exemplify all the major story forms in use during the Middle Ages. The book¿s structure is unbelievable subtle and complex, providing the opportunity to peel the onion down to its core, one layer at a time. Modern anthologies look awfully weak by comparison. Although the material is old, the ideas are not. You will also be impressed by how much closer God was to the lives of these people than He is today. The renunciation at the end comes as a mighty jolt, as a result. My favorites are by the miller, wife of Bath, pardoner, and nun¿s priest. Where do you see the opportunity to give and share spiritual and worldly love? How can you give and receive more love? Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

    Good Presentation - So-So Translation

    I love having the original Middle English on one side with a Modern English Translation on the facing page. I decided to try reading the Middle English. It's easy to look over to the translation whenever I get stuck. However, even without being able to completely understand the Middle English, I can tell the translation isn't that great. Also, the text is only footnoted on the Modern English side, which (if you're trying to follow the Middle English text) makes it easy to miss. Still, it's a lot more fun to read this on your own when you don't have a high school English teacher forcing you to do it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

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    Fascinating

    As someone who's always been interested in England, mythology, and a lot of other things, this book is paradise!! The premise is simple: a group of pilgrims are on the way to the shrine of St. Thomas Beckett in Canterbuty (hence the name). At the Tabard Inn, the host suggests that they each tell two stories on the way there, and two on the way back. They readily agree. The group is comprised of people representing various social positions (knight, reeve, nun, friar, miller, etc) and so the stories are widely varied. And the best part is that the language is easy! It's not the difficult 14th century that we Generation X think it is. Yes, buy the book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Nook format makes this near impossible to read!

    I enjoy Chaucer. But the format of this Nook version made this impossible to enjoy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    nook version not readable

    The free edition didn't scan well, which is a shame because the Canterbury Tales are wonderful stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Nook version hard to read

    Letters joined oodly

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    ☼ Eclipse's ☼ Bio ☼

    Name~Umm how old are chu? &#9788 <p> Age~Hey! I am nit that old or that young so probably about 31 moons. &#9788 <p> Gender~ Really!? I am a she-cat or the symbol is &female &#9788 <p> Appearance~Eclipse is a jet black she-cat with long fur and feather long tail. She has deep blue eyes that sometimes welll read on in the bio! &#9786 &#9788 <p> Mate/Crush~ Thistle sorta but I wouldn't say MATE yet. I will not speak of my crush to chu!! &#9788 <p> Kits~Zilch &#9788 <p> History~My evil father Fang murdered my mother on a eclipse and we hadn't been named yet. On my mothers dying breathes she meowed and I quote Holly's exact words,"My sweet kittens,flee your father and take on the names of Eclipse and Darkness(both are in blood clan now but I have no clue why Darkness doesn't rp anymore?) I will watch you from the stars brightly twinkling above and Eclipse I bestow you a gift of this wich ways will be here. Her eyes shined and she licked her mothers pelt. Darkness got a slightly darker spot on his belly. &

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Blazes Bio

    LOOKS...a slender dark tortoishell she-cat with white paws and emerald eyes...PERSONALITY...kind loyal caring and rather secretive. Not to shy....CRUSH...no one knows but her...MATE/KITS...nada...HISTORY...I wouldent ask if I were you. It could end up badly...OTHER...You could ask..or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    &starf &real&alpha&eta&delta&sigma<_>m<_>&eta&epsilon<_>ss' &beta&iota&sigma P<_>&alpha<_>r<_>&tau &tau&omega&sigma

    Other, other &starf Don't believe me on the symbol, just look at "Sphinx" (If it ain't your first res, the authour is Robin Cook, I believe...) Siggie was even before that. But July 23rd(?) was when I made her den there. <br> Best Friends &starf Shatter [the one and only ;}), Shatterclaw, Reaper, Reivunfeza, Ashfire, Silverfang, Prismshield, Talon, Dismay, Thistlefang, River, Seven, Blood, Darkness, etc. [May have left one or two out] <br> Friends &starf Pretty much all of BloodClan! ;) <br> Frenemies &starf Armageddon, and Coyotewhisp <br> Enemies &starf Nope! <br> Likes &starf TUNA, oh my God. Absolutely LOVES tuna (haha, and so does her rper! :D I eat tuna from the can alot. No joke...) The smell of roses and lavender, the smell of fresh winter air, the warmth of the sun, and friends. <br> Dislikes &starf Snow, rats, pigeons, the smell of death, enemies (of course everyone dislikes their enemies. I mean she hates making enemies..lulz.) Her rper mainly, but her too; the words femme, and female. Don't ask why...<br> Other, other, other &starf This bio will be left up for a long while. Updates will be posted at another one of these double reses to keep you updated. Also, if I forgot anything or there's anything you need/want to know, ask at camp! Dun' beh shy! ;} <p> ~<_>&real&alpha&eta&delta&iota &starf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    &starf &real&alpha&eta&delta&sigma<_>m<_>&eta&epsilon<_>ss' &beta&iota&sigma &starf

    Name &starf Randomness ;} <br> Nicknames &starf Randi, Rando, Ramdi, Rambo, Randilee, Randeh, Randeh-Buddeh.. xD I luhv my besties for nicknaming meh. <br> Gender &starf She<_>&female<_>Cat...Anyone uses the words femme or female, I will go berserk. Except chu Prissy! I can make an exception, because you've used it for like, ever! <br> Age &starf Thirty-two moons. Or, yah know, another measurement is in wombats. So technically she is around three wombats old Cx <br> Clan//Rank &starf BloodClan, Cap'n Obviously Obvious.//Pft. I'm a badas<_>s assassin who ain't afraid to pop a cap in yo' as<_>s. <br> Personality &starf Bruh, I have had to repost this SO MANY times, that I'm tired of it...but here we go... Randi has a unique personality. She's a pathological liar, first off. You can't hardly trust what comes out of her mouth. She has severe trust issues (hah, River. Like mother, like daughter..) for reasons unexplained. When you have her trust, hang onto it. Once you lose it, yah may never get it back. She doesn't believe kits or apprentices (and her kits.) should speak unless spoken to. Most of the time she tries to ignore it and says nothing, though this bothers her MUCH. It takes alot for anyone to earn her respect as well, so don't be suprised if she snaps at you all the time. Along with respect, she has a quick temper. Push her past the breaking point and either there'll be a fight, or she'll probably leave BloodClan for awhile. (Though she always returns.) She's her own person, spunky if you will. She loves to laugh, and cheer others up, most of the time. In fact, she has gave herself the title as being "The Listener." She loves to listen to anyone's problems, and will gladly help try to either solve them, or at least cheer whoever up. She has a loving and caring side that shows rather often than used to. She like a coin (swear to God, if you call me two-faced...), where you will either get one side or the other. One personality or the other. Either the caring personality or the furious personality. She tries to always apologize in any mood, though. She loves her best friends to death and would even die for them. And though she isn't the most loyal cat in BloodClan, she would never them, and would gladly give her life for them. :) I think that's it. <br> Looks &starf Semi-long fur; black pelt like a void. In the moon it shimmers a blue-ish colour, in the sun, a purple-ish colour. Her left back and right front paw are dipped in a dark brown. Her eyes are a beautiful and unique shade of stormy grey. She has scars here and there, the most noticable one on her stomach, given to her by Coyotewhisp. <br> Kin &starf Unknown to her. <br> Crush &starf Several in the past; unfortunately none cared to stick around long enough. She's given up on love, pretty much.. <br> Mate &starf Like I said, pretty much given up on love D: Besides, no tom would like Randeh anyway xD But single is for the better… <br> Kits &starf Talon, Amethyst, Kosmos (deceased), Karma [Daughter-In-Law]<br> Adopted Kits &starf Riverglaze, Night (currently a kit but I ain't redoing this bio for awhile, so yeah.) <br> Grandkits &starf Dull, Homicide, Disgrace, Extinct(ion?), [two more; names forgotten] <br> History &starf Hmph. <br> Theme Songs &starf Warrior by Disturbed, Wrong Side of Heaven by 5FDP <br> DoB &starf December 2nd. <br> Siggie &starf Obviously, &starf <br> Other &starf Symbol has been and always will be &starf<_>. Anybody else with this symbol, likely not me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    Stripeheart

    Name:stripeheart
    Age:.........
    Nicknames:stripey stripe stripeeeeee (stripes)oly for ashfire
    Oother ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    &dagger River's Bio &dagger

    Name: *knocks on head* gotta brain in there?
    <p>
    Age: Do you think your special or somethin'?
    <p>
    Rank: Medicine Cat
    <p>
    Friends(besties): Randi,Coyotewhisp, Seven, all the other ya know who ya are!
    <p>
    Looks: blueish grey with blapck amd white spots,large scar of her face, bright blue eyes
    <p>
    Personality: kind,loving, friendly. Has trust issues :3
    <p>
    Theme Song: 'Cool Kids' Echosmith
    <p>
    History: stalk much?
    <p>
    Other: ask!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Not my favorite

    This book was good but the middle english is extremely hard to decipher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Unable to read text

    This copy is bad, bad,bad
    Typos, misspellings

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    i didn't believe the other reviews!

    It's true, it's impossible to read , not worth the 1star but i wanted u to know it's bad

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