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10) The Wife of Bath
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...
The Summoner’s Tale • The Friar’s Tale • The Manciple’s Tale • The Physician’s Tale • The Seaman’s Tale • The Lawyer’s Tale • The Prioress's Tale
Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, a collection of narratives written between 1387 and 1400, tells of a group of thirty people from all layers of society who pass the time along their pilgrimage to Canterbury by telling stories to one another, their interaction...
Four more delightful tales from one of the most entertaining storytellers of all time.
Though writing in the 13th century, Chaucer’s wit and observation comes down undiminished through the ages, especially in this accessible modern verse translation. The stories vary considerably from the uproarious Wife of Bath’s Tale, promoting the power of women to the sober account of patient Griselda in the Clerk’s Tale.
Music: Medieval music