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  The Canterbury Tales Summary and Study Guide - Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer began writing The Canterbury Tales sometime around 1387 A.D.; the uncompleted manuscript was published in 1400, the year he died.
In the same way that The Canterbury Tales gives modern readers a sense of the language at the time, the book also gives a rich, intricate tapestry of medieval social life, combining elements of all classes, from nobles to workers, from priests and nuns to drunkards and thieves.
Collections of stories were common in Chaucer’s time, and some still exist today, but the genius of The Canterbury Tales is that the individual stories are presented in a continuing narrative, showing how all of the various pieces of life connect to one another.
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  The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. Search, Read, Study, Discuss.
The Canterbury Tales, so far as they are in verse, have been printed without any abridgement or designed change in the sense.
The gaps thus made in the prose Tales, however, are supplied by careful outlines of the omitted matter, so that the reader need be at no loss to comprehend the whole scope and sequence of the original.
I chose the Canterbury Tales because I had heard that there were a few stories that had sexual innuendos and were thought to be inappropriate in schools.
www.online-literature.com /chaucer/canterbury   (2060 words)

 Kankedort.net - The Electronic Canterbury Tales:  An Online Companion and Compendium to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
The Eight-text Edition of the Canterbury Tales: The Classification of the Manuscripts and upon the Harleian Manuscript 7334.
Ryme-Index to the Ellesmere Manuscript of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
The Prioresses Tale, Sire Thopas, the Monkes Tale, the Clerkes Tale, the Squieres Tale.
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 Canterbury Tales Ireland - Why Canterbury Tales Ireland?
Canterbury Tales Ireland are the only company to have personally invested in excess of 600,000 Euros in Lapland to make their day trips unique.
All Canterbury Tales Ireland day tours have their own individual characteristics and our reservations team will be pleased to discuss the various options with you.
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 Amazon.co.uk: The Canterbury Tales (Oxford World's Classics): Books: Geoffrey Chaucer,David Wright   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Chaucer's Tales were not designed for sluggish meditation, but to be read aloud in an engaging manner, which is what makes this translation an ideal buy for those who wish to experience the Tales for their original charm.
The Canterbury Tales are not to be read as a lesson in living modern life; they are based on a set of values that do not apply to the society we live in.
Their tales, as well as being compelling in their own right, are demonstrative of how the characters operate within the constraints of their society, not of how we should operate.
www.amazon.co.uk /Canterbury-Tales-Oxford-Worlds-Classics/dp/019283360X   (1761 words)

  Brewer, E. Cobham. Dictionary of Phrase & Fable. Canterbury Tales.   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Chaucer supposed that he was in company with a party of pilgrims going to Canterbury to pay their devotions at the shrine of Thomas à Becket.
He who told the best tale was to be treated with a supper on the homeward journey.
The work is incomplete, and we have none of the tales told on the way home.
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The Monk is due to tell the next tale, but the drunken Miller skips the queue and tells his story concerning a stupid Carpenter.
The host is well pleased at the standard of their tales, although he seems to have forgotten about the Monk, so he turns to the Parson to tell his story.
The Prioress tells her story, which seems to calm everybody down, and then it is the turn of the Narrator to tell his story, but Chaucer’s tale about Sir Topas is not well received, as many Pilgrims are tired of rhyme, and request Chaucer tells his story in prose.
www.bookwolf.com /Free_Booknotes/Canterbury_Tales_by_Geoffrey_C/Context-Canterbury_Tales_/context-canterbury_tales_.html   (654 words)

 Canterbury Tales Ireland - General Information
We have published a tour programme to Lapland for the last 23 years and currently most of our reservations staff have been to Lapland and are therefore able to share personal knowledge on our programme.
A visit to Lapland should prove to be an exciting and emotional experience and Canterbury Tales Ireland wishes to ensure these special memories remain with you for time immemorial.
All payments made to Canterbury are protected as we hold Irish Tour Operators Licence T096.
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 Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century (two of them in prose, the rest in verse).
Some of the tales are serious and others are humorous; however, all are very precise in describing the traits and faults of human nature.
Another important element of the tales is their focus on the division of the three estates.
www.themiddleages.net /canterbury.html   (301 words)

Invited to pause from their pilgrimage travels to sermonize on "moralite" and "communitas," pervasive themes that underlie 'The Canterbury Tales', the tale-tellers included the Knight, Pardoner, Miller, Reeve, Nun's Priest and the ever-popular Wife of Bath.
The opening sequence of the performance presents a Chaucer look-alike as he attempts to relate his tales in a most archaic tongue but is readily deposed by the central narrator, played by Barry Woolhead, who overturns the middle-English idiom into a modern one.
The spinning of the wheel to determine which tale will be told next becomes a tool by which to incorporate a contemporary audience into an archaic and distant English tome, via their participation, hence meta-dramatically transforming the audience into fellow pilgrim-travellers.
www.inkpot.com /theatre/01reviews/01revcanttale.html   (704 words)

 Essential Chaucer: General
The Parson's Tale, as a sermon on penance, is a fitting conclusion to this multi-valenced journey, the only possible way to achieve the "Celestial City" that Canterbury represents.
Presents the Canterbury Tales as an ongoing drama among the pilgrims, considering General Prologue, the tales, and especially the links among the tales as scenes or acts.
Through genre and style, individual tales characterize their tellers and "depict the world as these people see and understand it." Through juxtaposition, diversity, and the recurrence of theme, Chaucer makes evident the comic and moral limitations of any one point of view.
colfa.utsa.edu /chaucer/ec28-1.html   (1128 words)

 SparkNotes: The Canterbury Tales: Context
Chaucer’s political sentiments are unclear, for although The Canterbury Tales documents the various social tensions in the manner of the popular genre of estates satire, the narrator refrains from making overt political statements, and what he does say is in no way thought to represent Chaucer’s own sentiments.
The Canterbury Tales is written in Middle English, which bears a close visual resemblance to the English written and spoken today.
Students often read The Canterbury Tales in its original language, not only because of the similarity between Chaucer’s Middle English and our own, but because the beauty and humor of the poetry—all of its internal and external rhymes, and the sounds it produces—would be lost in translation.
www.sparknotes.com /lit/canterbury/context.html   (1606 words)

 The Canterbury Tales Summary
The tales, some of which are originals and others not, are contained inside a frame tale and told by a group of pi...
From Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, stories from the Wife of Bath, the Knight, and the Miller are used to identify characteristics about the orators, as well as Chaucer.
The Canterbury Tales has endured centuries because of its irony and humor, which Chaucer uses to depict evidence of human nature in his characters.
www.bookrags.com /The_Canterbury_Tales   (513 words)

 Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales
One such shrine was the cathedral in Canterbury, where archbishop Thomas a Becket had been murdered in 1170.
The Canterbury Tales introduces a group of "nine and twenty" pilgrims, one of whom is Chaucer himself.
The question of marriage she introduces is treated from opposing points of view by the Clerk and the Merchant and it finally is settled by the common sense of Franklin.
www.radford.edu /~ntaylor/chaucer_and_the_canterbury_tales.htm   (499 words)

 American Way Magazine - Trends for the Modern Traveler / Travel   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Canterbury is rife with charming little inns, but this 600-year-old former hall house overlooks the pretty Kent Trust Nature Reserve.
“In Canterbury, there is a place called the Canterbury Tales, which is like a little walk-through museum where you see all the different characters described.
But growing up in Canterbury, the cathedral was always right in my backyard, and for different school functions we would go to the cathedral.
americanwaymag.com /aw/travel/celebrated.asp?archive_date=5/1/2005   (2190 words)

 Geoffrey Chaucer 1335 - 1400   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Chaucer wove his tales about a group of fourteenth century pilgrims on their way to the shrine of the murdered archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.
There are many pilgrims routes to Canterbury, and Chaucer set his tales about the way from London through Kent to the cathedral city.
Unfortunately for us, despite living to sixty, his royal duties were such that he only managed to complete twenty-four tales out of the 120 he had planned and he never got his pilgrims to the shrine of St Thomas.
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 "The Canterbury Tales" (1998)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The format is the same - three tales are framed by the journey of a ragbag group of pilgrims, this time on their way back from Canterbury, where they prayed at the shrine of the martyr Thomas a Becket.
The animation of this tale is truly sublime, otherworldly, evincing a genuine magic, the bright, bleached primary colours creating a cool, Oriental atmosphere combining the magical and expressive, the watercolour texture achieving an emotional limpidity.
And yet the film does not end with this wholeness, but with the final tale, which is actually two tales, those of the Reeve and the Miller, which interrupt each other with increasing speed and violence, until the authority of the single narrator is broken, and the Babel of stories and voices spills open.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0188478   (556 words)

 Full text and plot summary of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Chaucer’s most famous work, the Canterbury Tales (written in the late 1380s), is a collection of stories of various kinds derived mainly from Italian and other European sources drawn together by the notion of a pilgrimage.
Usually the tales are popular or well known stories to which Chaucer adds or removes details to suit his purpose.
The language is very different to our own in the sense that it has more French roots that English has now lost so it is advisable to think of the lines as being spoken with a French accent at the end of words and an Anglo-Saxon grit in their middles.
www.bibliomania.com /0/2/14/24   (333 words)

 Welcome to Canterbury   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Canterbury, England's most famous cathedral city of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and now a UNESCO world heritage site sits on the River Stour in one of the most attractive corners of rural Kent.
The Norman cathedral still dominates the skyline as you approach the city, giving 21st century visitors the same sense of awe as their medieval counterparts.
Today Canterbury still welcomes visitors from all four corners of the globe and has, with its many ancient buildings, shops, bars and restaurants, retained both an old world charm and a cosmopolitan vitality.
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 NovelGuide: The Canterbury Tales: Theme Analysis
It is fitting that he tells the first story of the Tales, almost as an epilogue to an era instead of a prologue to Chaucer’s stories.
For example, in the Reeve’s Tale, the Character of the Miller tries to rob the two students of their grain, but they get the best of him by sleeping with his wife and teenaged daughter.
The stories range from ones that empower the wives, like the Wife of Bath’s Tale, and at the other spectrum, the Scholar’s tale, where the wife endures patiently and happily sadistic griefs that her husband tests her with, such as pretending to kill their children and pretending to divorce her.
www.novelguide.com /thecanterburytales/themeanalysis.html   (637 words)

 'Canterbury Tales' purchase a milestone for Pitt library
Correction/Clarification: (Published April 18, 2001) A 602-year-old manuscript of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" acquired by the University of Pittsburgh contains an illustration that is probably the earliest image of the author -- not the only image, as asserted by a caption accompanying our photograph of the manuscript in Tuesday's editions.
While 14th-century clerics preferred Latin and bureaucrats conversed in French, the narrative poet wrote his "Canterbury Tales" in Middle English, a language used by peasants who slopped hogs.
Now the University of Pittsburgh has acquired a copy of that 602-year-old manuscript, which is one of the most valuable literary texts in the world.
www.post-gazette.com /regionstate/20010417book3.asp   (797 words)

 LibriVox » The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century (two of them in prose, the rest in verse).
The tales, some of which are originals and others not, are contained inside a frame tale and told by a group of pilgrims on their way from Southwark to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.
The themes of the tales vary, and include topics such as courtly love, treachery, and avarice.
librivox.org /the-canterbury-tales-by-geoffrey-chaucer   (291 words)

 Amazon.com: Canterbury Tales: Books: Barbara Cohen,Trina Schart Hyman   (Site not responding. Last check: )
From the heroic romance of "The Knight's Tale" to the low farce embodied in the stories of the Miller, the Reeve, and the Merchant, Chaucer treated such universal subjects as love, sex, and death in poetry that is simultaneously witty, insightful, and poignant.
The tales are linked by narrative exchanges and each tale is presented in the manner and style of the character providing the story.
I remember slogging through The Canterbury Tales in Middle English when I was in high school and although the language is beautiful, having to take time to decipher it all did diminish somewhat the enjoyment of a terrific collection of stories.
www.amazon.com /Canterbury-Tales-Barbara-Cohen/dp/0688062016   (2791 words)

 BBC - Drama - Canterbury Tales
Julie Walters, James Nesbitt, Billie Piper, John Simm, Keeley Hawes and Dennis Waterman lead an all-star cast in a modern re-telling of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.
But their greed and treatment of a girl called Kitty, who's desperate to find the missing Amy, proves to be their downfall.
Constance (Nikki Amuka-Bird) is a Nigerian refugee found on a small boat in the Chatham docks by a couple, Mark and Nicky, who take her in.
www.bbc.co.uk /drama/canterburytales   (525 words)

 Geoffrey Chaucer Main Page
The structure of the Tales is this: a group of pilgrims are traveling to Canterbury to pay homage to St. Thomas Becket, ex-Archbishop of Canterbury, current martyr.
I leave it to you, gentle reader, to come to your own conclusion whether the Canterbury Tales are complete or not.
To wit in the Canterbury Tales we have a monk (clergy) a knight (nobility) and a miller (ordinary guy).
www.geocities.com /CollegePark/Hall/1170/chaucerhtml/chaucer.html   (505 words)

 ClassZone.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Host of the Tabard proposes that the pilgrims pass the time on the journey by telling stories; he offers to accompany the group, judge the best story, and award the winner a meal, paid by all, when the group returns to his inn.
The pilgrims agree and begin telling tales, each of which reflects the interests and personality of the teller.
In the sampling of tales presented in Literature Connections, the Knight recounts a tale of chivalry; the Nun's Priest and the Pardoner tell cautionary tales; the Summoner tells a ribald tale; and the Wife of Bath, the Clerk, and the Franklin tell romantic tales of love and marriage.
www.classzone.com /novelguides/litcons/canter/guide.cfm   (480 words)

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