The Canterbury Tales



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The Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales are a medieval collection of 24 different short stories written in verse and prose. Frame action is a storytelling contest between a couple of pilgrims on their way from London to Canterbury. The characters such as the Knight, the Nun, the Cook, the Pardoner and the Wife of Bath represent different estates of the medieval society. Each one tells a story with moral value either represented through a good or a bad example.

An interesting and entertaining source, also to be found in the public domain, for having a look at pre-modern English texts and medieval culture on the British Isles. Children’s and beginners’ editions are available as well.

/ · / · 1476

Critical edition

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. Translated by Nevill Coghill, Penguin Classics, 2003.
528 pp., ISBN 978-1324000563

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  • Charged with meaning
  • Classic
  • Explores historical contexts

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