Renowned novelist, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents it in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to readers while preserving the spirit of the original. A mirror for medieval society, The Canterbury Tales concerns a motley group of pilgrims who meet in a London inn on their way to Canterbury and agree to take part in a storytelling competition. Ackroyd’s contemporary prose emphasizes the humanity of these characters-as well as explicitly rendering their bawdy humor-yet still masterfully evokes the euphonies and harmonies of Chaucer’s verse.
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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