Everything you need to know to read "The Canterbury Tales" - Iseult Gillespie
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You can find more information about the lost letters of the Middle English alphabet here, and the history of the language here.
Learn more about the social world Chaucer represented, the different roles of each of the characters, and how they were divided here.
Plus, you can encounter a virtual tour of Chaucer’s England and the sites his pilgrims visit here.
The Canterbury Tales have supplied ample historical material, as well as literary influence and rollicking entertainment, by informing audiences about society during the Middle Ages—and sharing the way ordinary folk spoke and joked in the context of everyday life.
This article explores the variation in voice and narrative style throughout the Tales. The variation and vitality of the language is one of the most beloved traits of Chaucer’s writing. This article makes the case for Chaucer’s continuing popularity.
This piece explores what we know about the author and his creative process.
In this documentary, Chaucer is discussed as the “father of modern literature.”
Although Medieval society was dominated by the codes of religion, Chaucer’s world is anything but solemn, and is frequently radical—from the feminist tale of the Wife of Bath to the bawdy humor or scatalogical language of some of the vignettes.
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