Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales are:
A collection of stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century. The tales (mostly in verse, although some are in prose) are told as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.

He uses the tales and the descriptions of the characters to paint an ironic and critical portrait of English society at the time, and particularly of the Church.

You can read the entire Tales in Middle English or Modern English at http://www.canterburytales.org/canterbury_tales.html

Through the marvels of the Internet and the Public Domain doctrine of Western copyright law. 

Because Western Civilization should be celebrated, even though it's not perfect.

Image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AGeoffrey_Chaucer_-_Canterbury_Tales_(1478)%2C_frontispiece_-_BL.jpg

Text credit to The Open Library's description of the work. 

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