The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The procession that crosses Chaucers pages is as full of life and as richly textured as a medieval tapestry. The Knight, the Miller, the Friar, the Squire, the Prioress, the Wife of Bath, and others who make up the cast of characters -- including Chaucer himself -- are real people, with human emotions and weaknesses. When it is remembered that Chaucer wrote in English at a time when Latin was the standard literary language across western Europe, the magnitude of his achievement is even more remarkable. But Chaucers genius needs no historical introduction; it bursts forth from every page of The Canterbury Tales.
If we trust the General Prologue, Chaucer intended that each pilgrim should tell two tales on the way to Canterbury and two tales on the way back. He never finished his enormous project and even the completed tales were not finally revised. Scholars are uncertain about the order of the tales. As the printing press had yet to be invented when Chaucer wrote his works, The Canterbury Tales has been passed down in several handwritten manuscripts.
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Chaucer and his Tales
The Canterbury Tales Middle English : Tales of Caunterbury  is a collection of 24 stories that runs to over 17, lines written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer between and 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 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. After a long list of works written earlier in his career, including Troilus and Criseyde , House of Fame , and Parliament of Fowls , The Canterbury Tales is near-unanimously seen as Chaucer's magnum opus. He uses the tales and descriptions of its characters to paint an ironic and critical portrait of English society at the time, and particularly of the Church. Chaucer's use of such a wide range of classes and types of people was without precedent in English.
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The Canterbury Tales is a book of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century. It is one of the first books to be written in the English language. The book is about a group of pilgrims traveling from London to Canterbury. As they travel along, each person tells a story to pass the time. Chaucer planned to write stories, but only 24 were completed. Two of the stories are written in prose and the others are written in verse. They were so popular that he was invited to read his stories to the king and royal court.
About Geoffrey Chaucer…
Chaucer married Philippa Roet when he was aged around 23, and is presumed to have fathered three or four children. Chaucer continued to be successful in his various professions. In Medieval England, most people were illiterate. If you were lucky enough to receive an education, however, then you would have learnt French and Latin, the language of the Court and the Church. Chaucer was not a professional writer but wrote for pleasure, for his own amusement and that of his family and friends.
The 30 pilgrims who undertake the journey gather at the Tabard Inn in Southwark , across the Thames from London. They agree to engage in a storytelling contest as they travel, and Harry Bailly , host of the Tabard, serves as master of ceremonies for the contest. Chaucer did not complete the full plan for his book: the return journey from Canterbury is not included, and some of the pilgrims do not tell stories. The use of a pilgrimage as the framing device enabled Chaucer to bring together people from many walks of life: knight, prioress, monk; merchant, man of law, franklin, scholarly clerk; miller, reeve, pardoner; wife of Bath and many others. The stories and links together offer complex depictions of the pilgrims, while, at the same time, the tales present remarkable examples of short narratives in verse, plus two expositions in prose.