In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a masterly collection of chivalric romances, moral allegories and low farce. A story-telling competition between a group of pilgrims from all walks of life is the occasion for a series of tales that range from the Knight’s account of courtly love and the ebullient Wife of Bath’s Arthurian legend, to the ribald anecdotes of the Miller and the Cook. Rich and diverse, The Canterbury Tales offer us an unrivalled glimpse into the life and mind of medieval England.
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A Note on the Translation, Text and Illustrations
The Canterbury Tales
The General Prologue
The Knight’s Tale
The Miller’s Prologue and Tale
The Reeve’s Prologue and Tale
The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale
The Clerk’s Prologue and Tale
The Merchant’s Prologue, Tale and Epilogue
The Franklin’s Prologue and Tale
The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale
The Nun’s Priest’s Tale