This guide places the Canterbury Tales in the context of the crisis in English society in the fourteenth century.
Table of Contents
Chronology; 1. Introduction; 2. The general prologue; 3. Gentles: chivalry and the courtly world; 4. Churls: commerce and the material world; 5. Women; 6. The art and problems of tale-telling; 7. The final tales; 8. Afterword: the reception of The Canterbury Tales.
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