Includes all 23 tales in a translation that is more readable than the old English style but still retains the feel of the original. Translated by R.M. Lumiansky, this edition also includes an introduction, critical analysis of the tales, and two tales ("General Prologue" and "The Nun's Priest's Tale") in Middle English. 432 pgs, pb.
This classic by Geoffrey Chaucer begins by giving details about a group of people who are journeying to Canterbury. All these different kinds of people share stories, and these tales are captured here to show readers how different people lived and thought in medieval England. A knight tells about courtly love, a cheerful wife shares an Arthurian legend, a dirty cook is full of impolite anecdotes, and a variety of other great and diverse tales are told. ~ Rachel