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The Canterbury Pilgrims

By Sturt, M.

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Title: The Canterbury Pilgrims  
Author: Sturt, M.
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Introduction: Geoffrey Chaucer lived mere than five hundred years ago, when Edward II. waged war in France, and the peasants rebelled in England against his son, Richard II, Yet for all this, England was then ?Merrie England.? Her trade prospered, men laughed and sang and delighted in tales, in art, end in out?door life. Chaucer was not a poet who lived apart from his fellows, but one who dealt constantly with men and affairs, and loved his fellow?men. He was an important person in his time. He began life as a page boy at Court, where he saw great ladies and gallant courtiers, and heard music and took Part 1n pageants and processions. He fought for the king in France and was taken prisoner by the enemy; but the king sixteen pounds for his ransom and he returned to England. He went to France again and to as ambassador on the king?s business. Thus he met famous men in foreign lands and saw the beautiful land of Italy, where in his day lived two Italian poets whose names are as famous as Chaucer?s own, one of whom he makes his Clerk mention?Petrarch of Padua. He saw, too, the fine buildings and paintings which Italian artists were making, whose fame has spread abroad throughout world. Chaucer loved all this colour and beauty, and carried it in his mind, so that when he again came to London he remembered it and wrote of it.

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Table of Contents: The Canterbury Pilgrims, 1 -- M. Sturt and E. C. Oakden, 1 -- Introduction, 2 -- THE CANTERBURY PILGRIMS, 3 -- PROLOGUE, 3 -- TALES OF THE FIRST DAY, 5 -- THE KNIGHT'S TALE OF PALAMON AND ARCITE, 5 -- THE MILLER'S TALE OF A CARPENTER OUTWITTED, 10 -- THE REEVE'S TALE OF THE MILLER OF TRUMPINGTON, 12 -- TALES OF THE SECOND DAY, 14 -- THE MAN OF LAW'S TALE OF THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEYINGS OF CONSTANCE, 14 -- THE PRIORESS'S TALE OF A LITTLE CHRISTIAN MARTYR, 17 -- CHAUCER'S RIME OF SIR THOPAS [*], 18 -- THE MONK'S TALE OF DIVERSE MEN WHO FELL INTO MISFORTUNE, 19 -- THE NUN'S PRIEST'S TALE OF CHANTICLEER, 21 -- As he finished the Host praised him. ?Excellent, Sir Priest, ? he said. ?Your tale is like yourself, -- all wit and laughter, but with some seriousness too, I'll be bound. I knew by the twinkle in that -- sharp grey eye of yours that you could joke on occasion. Let's see now if your fellow?priests can -- match you.?, 22 -- TALES OF THE THIRD DAY, 22 -- THE PARDONER'S TALE OF THE MEN WHO WOULD SLAY DEATH, 24 -- THE WIFE OF BATH'S TALE OF THE QUEEN'S RIDDLE, 27 -- THE FRIAR'S TALE OF THE WICKED SUMMONER, 28 -- THE CLERK'S TALE OF THE PATIENT WIFE, 30 -- THE YEOMAN'S TALE OF GAMELYN, 34 -- TALES OF THE FOURTH DAY, 38 -- The fourth day of our journey dawned bright and clear, and we were on the road early. The sun -- shone brilliantly, the warm air was full of the songs of larks. We were all in the mood for a tale -- of romance, and were glad when the Host called on the handsome young Squire to tell us his tale. -- ?For certain, ? said Harry Bailey, ?you know more of love than any man.? ?No, good sir, ? replied -- the Squire, laughing and blushing a little; ?but I will do my best. If I fail, pray have me excused.? -- And as he rode along gracefully, with his long sleeves fluttering gaily behind him, he told us this -- story:, 38 -- THE SQUIRE'S TALE OF CAMBUSKAN AND CANACEE, 39 -- The land of Tartary in the East was ruled by a great king, Cambuskan, brave and just, honourable -- and wise, and the possessor of wealth untold. He had made war on his enemies and established -- his kingdom firm and secure. Yet he was not old, but fresh and strong, rejoicing in life and very -- handsome. This great king had two sons, Algarsyf and Cambalo, and a daughter Canacee. She -- was exceedingly fair; but alas! neither my language nor my wit is sufficient to describe her -- beauty?only one skilled in speech could do that, and such I am not, 39 -- THE FRANKLIN'S TALE OF THREE GENEROUS SOULS, 41 -- INVOCATION TO MARY, 44 -- THE INTERPRETATION OF THE NAME CECILIA WHICH BROTHER JACOB GIVES IN -- THE ?GOLDEN LEGEND?, 44 -- THE SECOND NUN'S TALE, 45 -- THE CANON'S YEOMAN'S TALE OF A CUNNING ALCHEMIST, 47 -- THE PARSON'S HOMILY ON PENITENCE, 50 -- THE AUTHOR TAKES LEAVE OF HIS READERS, 51

 

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