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Canterbury Tales and Other Poems by Geoffrey Chaucer
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Canterbury Tales and Other Poems

by Geoffrey Chaucer

85 ratings, 7 reviews

Chaucer is considered by some to be the Father of English Literature, and the Canterbury Tales is his magnum opus. It is a frame story - a collection of stories contained by a larger one - written in the Middle-English about Pilgrims on a journey to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. On the way the Pilgrims are locked in a storytelling contest to pass the time. Chaucer's tales paint an ironical and critical picture of English society in the 14th century, and most of the fun is poked at the Church.

If you think that reality TV shows where one's dancing or singing skills are judged is a new phenomenon, then you'd be wrong: in 14th century England, when storytelling was the main form of entertainment, groups of singers and storytellers would do their thing and be judged by their leader - the winner would receive a crown, and in the case of the Canterbury Tales, a free meal.

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Brianna Lewellen

January 31, 2014

Good and intresting book


Jimee Panelo

October 11, 2013

The world is without rainbow if Chaucer had not been born. Canterbury Tales sharpened my imagination to create good arts and music.


Doug Morton

June 22, 2013

Would have preferred it in verse form


Lucy Stunt

June 02, 2013

Cool! It was great!


Joel Shimberg

March 16, 2012

Exciting and readable stories. Chaucer is, indeed, the father of English literature, and it hasn't improved a great deal since his writings!


Sue Collins

February 04, 2012

Desperate for table of contents.


Mark Myers

December 06, 2011

Many of these characters exist in real life