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Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London sometime in the 1340s. The son of a vintner, it is believed that Chaucer came from a fairly well to do family, which enabled him as a young man to come into the service of the Countess of Ulster as the noblewoman’s page, a common form of apprenticeship in medieval times. Eventually, it is believed, Chaucer would study law and this most likely afforded him the opportunity to become a member of the royal court of Edward III. In the service of the king he would have many duties taking him all over continental Europe. The wealth of knowledge Chaucer gained from these experiences most surely enabled him to become what most literary critics consider as the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. Best known for his sweeping and monumental work “The Canterbury Tales”, Chaucer also wrote numerous lesser known works of poetry. Chief among these is “Troilus and Criseyde”. A retelling of the tragic love story of Trolius, the youngest son of King Priam, and his lover Criseyde, set against the backdrop of the Trojan War. “Troilus and Criseyde” is considered by some scholars as the poet’s greatest work because, unlike “The Canterbury Tales”, it is a complete and self-contained piece of epic poetry. Presented here is an extensively annotated edition that will be a welcome addition to the library of any reader.

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"The Book of the Duchess" by Geoffrey Chaucer. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

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Begun as an ambitious project by the versatile English courtier, diplomat, philosopher, and author Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, “The Canterbury Tales” follows a group of people on their pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Saint Thomas á Becket. The Prologue introduces all of the pilgrims in great detail, and through these descriptions Chaucer provides the entire spectrum of social classes and professions of his time. When the group stops at an inn and the innkeeper introduces a competition for a free dinner, the pilgrims begin telling each other stories that reflect their stations, genders, purity, corruption, humor, tragedy, cynicism, and innocence. From the noble Knight and his Squire to the spunky Wife of Bath, from the antagonistic Miller and Reeve to the Prioress, Nun, and Pardoner, Chaucer reveals for modern readers a wonderfully vivid picture of medieval life in an impressive array of literary styles that uphold his reputation as the father of English literature. This edition includes a preface and biography of Chaucer by D. Laing Purves.

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At the Tabard Inn in Southwark, in the London of the late 1300s, a band of men and women from all walks of life have gathered to begin a pilgrimage to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury. To relieve the tedium of the journey, the host of the inn proposes that each of the pilgrims tell a favorite story, promising that the best storyteller will be treated to a fi ne dinner on the group's return to Southwark.So begins one of the earliest masterpieces of English literature, a collection of stories as much prized for the portraits of its story tellers as for the stories they tell — portraits that reveal much of the rich social fabric of 14th-century England. Now three of the most popular tales — along with the charming General Prologue have been selected for this edition: The Knight's Tale, The Miller's Prologue and Tale, and The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale.Animated by Chaucer's sly humor, flair for characterization and wise humanity, the stories have been recast into modern verse that captures the lively spirit of the originals. Highly entertaining, they represent an excellent entree to the rest of The Canterbury Tales and to the pleasures of medieval poetry in general. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

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Compiled in one book, the essential collection of books by Geoffrey Chaucer in Middle English:<br><br>The Canterbury Tales<br>The Book of the Duchess<br>The House of Fame<br>Anelida and Arcite<br>The Parliament of Fowls<br>Boece<br>Troilus and Criseyde<br>The Legend of Good Women<br>The Shorter Poems<br>A Treatise on the Astrolabe<br>The Romaunt of the Rose

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Compiled in one book, the essential collection of short poems by Geoffrey Chaucer:<br><br>The Book of the Duchess<br>The House of Fame<br>The Parliament of Fowles<br>Truth<br>Gentilesse<br>Merciles Beaute<br>Lak of Stedfastnesse

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Примечание: Поэтические произведения Д. Чосера. Полный вариант заголовка: «The poetical works of Geoffrey Chaucer : Vol. 13 : in 14 volumes : the Miscellaneous pieces, from Urry's edition 1721 : the Canterbury tales, from Tyrwhiitt's edition 1775».

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Примечание: Поэтические произведения Д. Чосера. Полный вариант заголовка: «The poetical works of Geoffrey Chaucer : Vol. 11 : in 14 volumes : the Miscellaneous pieces, from Urry's edition 1721 : the Canterbury tales, from Tyrwhiitt's edition 1775».

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Примечание: Поэтические произведения Д. Чосера. Полный вариант заголовка: «The poetical works of Geoffrey Chaucer : Vol. XIV : in 14 volumes».