An edition of the literary virus that inserted itself into the
Canterbury Tales and passed as authentic until the late 19th century.
The virulent attack on the clergy made possible the Renaissance
conception of Chaucer as a pre-Protestant English patriot. Each
published version is presented separately, retaining the original
spelling and providing footnotes to explain obsolete words and
phrases. No manuscript of the late-14th-century poem is known. The
index doubles as a glossary; readers are assumed to be able to
pronounce Middle English.
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