The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

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by Geoffrey Chaucer

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23 hours 38 minutes
Middle English

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of twenty-four short stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer between 1387 and 1400. They were written in English and are often credited as the book that popularized the literary use of the vernacular, English, instead of using French, the language of the Court, or Latin.

The stories were written in verse, except for two written in prose. They narrate a series of stories about a group of pilgrims during a trip from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Thomas Becket in the cathedral of that city. The prize is a meal at the Tabard Tavern in Southwark on his return.

The stories present a structure similar to Boccaccio's Decameron, but unlike it, Chaucer's characters are more varied and represent practically all the variants of the society of the time.

The Canterbury Tales is one of the most important books of English literature, and the best work of the Middle Ages in England.


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Geoffrey Chaucer was an English poet and author. Widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. He has been called the "father of Eng...

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If gold rusts, what then can iron do?


Well is it said that neither love nor power, Admit a rival, even for an hour.


It seems to me that poverty is an eyeglass through which one may see his true friends.


He was a veray parfit gentil knight.


When in April the sweet showers fall, And pierce the drought of March to the root, ... Then people long to go on pilgrimages.

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