Love. War. Sex. Betrayal. And finally: a hero's violent end. Chaucer's masterwork Troilus and Criseyde is an epic with the inner turmoil of medieval romance, a tragedy with comedic self-reflection. The story tells of two lovers: Troilus, a young Trojan hero, and Criseyde, the beautiful widow with whom he falls desperately and dramatically in love.
The fate of this love seems to be controlled by various self-serving forces-from Criseyde's pandering uncle, to the political machinations of the war-yet the central theme upon which this text hinges is the degree of Criseyde's own culpability in her change of heart regarding Troilus. At the core of this question exist crucial issues regarding the position of the individual in relation to medieval society, to God's plan, to human history, and ultimately to the literary canon itself. Indeed, in the plight of the ill-fated lovers, and in Chaucer's inspired treatment of them, we can find a prototype of the star-crossed lovers in Shakespeare's later Troilus and Cressida and Romeo and Juliet.
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About the Author
Born into a family of merchants, Chaucer was placed as a page in the household of Elizabeth de Burgh, the countess of Ulster and the wife of Prince Lionel, son of King Edward III. It was through this early association with the nobility that Chaucer met various members of the royal family who would shape his future life as both poet and public servant. Chaucer enjoyed such prestigious positions as controller at the customhouse, and justice of the peace. He also won an election to Parliament. Chaucer likely wrote and read aloud his Troilus and Criseyde for the court of Richard II.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was good but i've read better. I thought the writting was good but it just didn't keep me interested. Try reading Chaucer and War by John Pratt.
Chaucer creates a new approach to the tradition of courtly love in medieval French and English literature. A master of style, he brilliantly shows the complexity of love and also the folly inherent in courtly love. A great read, funny and sad with beautiful language.