Selected Canterbury Tales

Selected Canterbury Tales

by Geoffrey Chaucer

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At the Tabard Inn in Southwark, in the London of the late 1300s, a band of men and women from all walks of life have gathered to begin a pilgrimage to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury. To relieve the tedium of the journey, the host of the inn proposes that each of the pilgrims tell a favorite story, promising that the best storyteller will be treated to a fi ne dinner on the group's return to Southwark.
So begins one of the earliest masterpieces of English literature, a collection of stories as much prized for the portraits of its story tellers as for the stories they tell — portraits that reveal much of the rich social fabric of 14th-century England. Now three of the most popular tales — along with the charming General Prologue have been selected for this edition: The Knight's Tale, The Miller's Prologue and Tale, and The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale.
Animated by Chaucer's sly humor, flair for characterization and wise humanity, the stories have been recast into modern verse that captures the lively spirit of the originals. Highly entertaining, they represent an excellent entree to the rest of The Canterbury Tales and to the pleasures of medieval poetry in general. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486110790
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 206,351
File size: 724 KB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Geoffrey Chaucer (1343–1400) is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. His greatest work stands as The Canterbury Tales.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Chaucer's Life--Chaucer's Worksxi
Group A
The Prologue3
The Knight's Tale26
Words between the Host and the Miller86
The Miller's Tale88
The Reeve's Prologue106
The Reeve's Tale108
The Cook's Prologue119
The Cook's Tale120
Group B
Introduction to the Man of Law's Tale122
The Man of Law's Prologue125
The Man of Law's Tale126
Epilogue to the Man of Law's Tale156
The Shipman's Tale157
Words of the Host to the Shipman and the Prioress169
The Prioress's Prologue169
The Prioress's Tale170
Words of the Host to Chaucer176
Chaucer's Tale of Sir Topaz177
The Host stops Chaucer's Tale of Sir Topaz183
Chaucer's Tale of Melibee (in synopsis)185
Words of the Host to the Monk186
The Monks Tale189
King Peter of Spain
King Peter of Cyprus
Bernabo Visconti of Lombardy
Count Ugolino of Pisa
King Antiochus the Illustrious
Julius Caesar
Words of the Knight and the Host213
The Nun's Priest's Tale214
Words of the Host to the Nun's Priest231
Group C
The Physician's Tale232
Words of the Host to the Physician and to the Pardoner239
The Pardoner's Prologue241
The Pardoner's Tale244
Group D
The Wife of Bath's Prologue258
Words between the Summoner and the Friar280
The Wife of Bath's Tale281
The Friar's Prologue292
The Friar's Tale293
The Summoner's Prologue303
The Summoner's Tale305
Group E
The Clerk's Prologue320
The Clerk's Tale322
Chaucer's Envoy to the Clerk's Tale354
The Merchant's Prologue356
The Merchant's Tale357
Epilogue to the Merchant's Tale388
Group F
The Squire's Prologue389
The Squire's Tale389
Words of the Franklin to the Squire and of the Host to the Franklin407
The Franklin's Prologue408
The Franklin's Tale409
Group G
The Second Nun's Prologue433
The Second Nun's Tale437
The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue449
The Canon's Yeoman's Tale454
Group H
The Manciple's Prologue475
The Manciple's Tale478
Group I
The Parson's Prologue485
The Parson's Tale (in synopsis)487
Chaucer's Retractions489

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Canterbury Tales: Selections 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Excellent Modern English translation by J.U. Nicolson(1934) of Chaucer's timeless Medieval classic. An excellent introductory to his immortal tales. Unfortunately, this is a "Selected Tales"(incomplete) edition by Dover Publications- which includes only THREE of the "most popular" tales: "The Knight's Tale"; "The Miller's Prologue & Tale" and "The Wife Of Bath's Prologue & Tale". Nicolson's complete translation is sorely in need of republication for today's readers. Also includes a short(but interesting) biographical note on Chaucer plus a short sample of the original "Middle English" General Prologue. 5 stars as an excellent readable translation.
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