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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: 9789626345443
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Series: Great Tales Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 3 Cassettes
  • Pages: 22
  • Product dimensions: 4.56 (w) x 7.04 (h) x 1.11 (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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  • 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 December 28, 2014

    ヅ The Totally Sassy Bio Of Tiemiy ヅ

    Gender &Pi &female <br>
    Age &Pi Dunno dun care <p>

    Fur &Pi A pure white with black 'fire' stretching up her legs. <br>
    Eyes &Pi Aquamarine, but more on the green side. <p>

    Mate &Pi Nu<br>
    Crush &Pi Always was ... Jaggs. <br>
    Kits &Pi Well, no. <p>

    Themesongs &Pi <br>
    &nbsp; &starf 'A Thousand Years' by someone <br>
    &nbsp; &starf 'Brighter Than The Sun' by someone <br>
    &nbsp; &starf 'I Dunno The Words To This Song' by Me <p>

    Siggy &Pi &#12485 <p>

    Other &Pi Happy Birthday

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2014

    BearTooths Biography

    Name: BearTooth <br> Nickname(s): Bear, and that's it. You're welcome to make one for me. <br> Gender: &female <p> Appearance: She is sleek, with a chocolate brown coat. Her chest and belly is fluffy and soft with white, along with her paws and ear tips. Yes, her ears and paws are fluffy. Her eyes are forest green. <p> Personality: She's sweet, and fun to play with. Her warm personality is great with kits and apprentices, and making frands. :p <p> Mate: No <br> Crush: I know you want meh. <br> Kits: If only, if only. <p> Theme Song: I Don't Love You by My Chemical Romance <p> Siggy - Bear7ooth

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2014

    HauntingFangs Biography

    Name: HauntingFang <br> Nickname(s): Haunting, and that's all I know now. Feel free to make one for me. <br> Gender: &female <p> Appearance: She is rusty red, with two black paw; right forepaw, and left hind. Her eyes are pitch black and sometimes you'll see some dark blue. <p> Personality: Find out yourself. <p> Mate: No <br> Crush: Not sure <br> Kits: None <p> Theme Song: Famous Last Words by My Chemical Romance <p> Siggy - &image<_>agged

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2014

    Panthers bio

    Name- Panther<p>Age- 29 moons<p>Gender- Female<p> Looks- Pitch black pelt with a small white fleck on her chest and emerald green eyes<p>Personality- meet her and find out<p>Mate- no<p> Crush- yes but im not telling you<p>Kitd- no<p>Clan- youre kidding right<p>History- she was born into a family of rouges. Her parents were killed protecting them from a bobcat an when she an her siblings went on the run she was captured. The cats that captured her soon left and she was left to dke. Devil found and rescued her. She was brought up as a loyal bloodlan cat<p>Powers- none really but she can turn into the demon and blend inti the shadows<p>Theme- Just cant waot to be king from the lion king<p>Rank- warrior/assassin. She may have lost her assassin rank.<p>Other- meet her and find out<p>Nikname- Panth. But only a few cats are allowed to call her that<p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2014

    Sheer's Biography

    Name: Sheer <br> Gender: Femme, Female, Grandma, Mother, Aunt, Sister, Daughter or anything else. <br> Age: Now, Now, don't be rude. <p> Appearance: Sheer is a beautiful shecat with light gray fur, black and white splotches dotting her pelt. <br> Personality: Sheer is a sweet cat at heart, never getting extremely angry or scared. <p> Crush: Wolf &hearts <br> Mate: Wolf &hearts <br> Kits: Expecting Wolf's kittens.

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    Posted December 27, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2014

    Hauns bio

    NAME- -_- "+"AGE-21 moons "+" mate- Nightwing "+" kits- none "+" crush- Nightwing "+" appearence- large muscular tom cat. Light brown fur with black tiger like markings around his face and tip of tail. "+" personality- kind and loving but he fights like a b***** "+" song- big bang 2 or type 40 tardis by chameleon circuit "+" symbol- "+"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    ~~~Summer's Bio Update~~~

    Crush~ Excelsior <p> Mate~ Excelsior

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2014

    OutCast and Co.

    Name::: OutCast
    Age::: 18 moons
    Gender::: Female
    Personality::: Serious but very kit-ish at times, she is strong hearted and funny
    Looks::: Silky Midnight blue-black fur, blue-grey/green eyes that turn silver-ish at night, scar across nose, long slithered tail, half torn right ear
    Friends::: Panther, and a ton others but I'm too lazy :p
    Enemies::: Too many to count, but one of them is Talon
    Mate::: Nope
    Crush::: No
    Kits::: No!
    Theme song::: "Thanks for the memories" - Fall Out Boy
    Signature::: &o<_> cast
    Nickname::: Outsy, Outs, Outtie, Out, or OC
    ~Lunar ' Bio~
    Name::: Duh.
    Age::: 15 Moons, derrr
    Gender: Female, I'm obviously not a guy!
    Personality::: Average and simple
    Looks::: Sandy cream colored tabby with green emerald eyes and white front paws.
    Friends::: No one.
    Enemies::: nerr...
    Mate::: ughhh, no
    Crush::: nahh
    Kits::: NO!!
    Theme song::: "Never growing up"- Avril Lavigne
    Signature::: &lilac
    Nickname::: Luna, Lunz, Lunatic

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