The Canterbury Tales pdf
The Canterbury Tales (Middle English: Tales of Canterbury) is a collection of 24 stories that run to over 17,000 lines written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer between 1387 and 1400. In 1386, Chaucer became Controller of Customs and Justice of Peace and, in 1389, Clerk of the King’s work. It was during these years that Chaucer began working on his most famous text, The Canterbury Tales. The tales (mostly written in verse, although some are in prose) are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest is a free meal at the Tabard Inn at Southwark on their return.
Canterbury Tales Summary
The question of whether The Canterbury Tales is a finished work has not been answered to date. There are 84 manuscripts and four incunabula (printed before c 1540) editions of the work, dating from the late medieval and early Renaissance periods, more than for any other vernacular literary text with the exception of The Prick of Conscience. This is taken as evidence of the Tales’ popularity during the century after Chaucer’s death. Fifty-five of these manuscripts are thought to have been originally complete, while 28 are so fragmentary that it is difficult to ascertain whether they were copied individually or as part of a set.
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Name Of the Novel: Canterbury Tales Book
Author: Henry James
Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Original title: Tales of Caunterbury
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Anthology
Language: Middle English
Publication date: 1387
Text: The Canterbury Tales at Wikisource
Book Type: pdf / ePub
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