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Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale (London Mediaeval & Renaissance) [Hardcover]

Geoffrey Chaucer , Gloria Cigman
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Jun 1975 0340185023 978-0340185025
A well-established and respected series. Texts are in the original Middle English, and each has an introduction, detailed notes and a glossary. Selected titles are also available as CD recordings.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Arnold (Jun 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340185023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340185025
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,152,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Student Text Guides are written by experienced teachers and examiners for the specific needs of students of AS/A-level English Literature, whether attempting a coursework assignment or revising for an examination. They are the perfect accompaniment to the set text, providing invaluable background and exam advice. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A well-established and respected series with titles in the original Middle English. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fourteenth century feminism?? 6 Dec 2000
Format:Paperback
Chaucer's middle english is at first confusing but the content is worth the trouble. The good detailed notes and glossary at the end of this edition explain the fourteenth century jokes and references, even if they are not so funny after six hundred or so years. The messages of the Prologue and Tale are however very relevant, showing the problems and contradictions of a woman seeking equality in a male dominated society.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor! Not as described! 3 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am disappointed with not the book itself, but the quality of the book I was sent. I was told that although the book "has been read" the "pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting" (these are exact words from the description! However, nearly EVERY page in marked with highlighting or notes, and it's not as though I can even rub them out as they are in biro! Not very happy whatsoever, and this means I have to go out and buy another copy of the text when this copy should have been as described. If it had notes in it, I wouldn't have bought it, however would be more inclined to by something from someone whose being truthful over the quality. I don't mind a book looking a bit worn but for an A Level course I expect a book I buy that is depicted as having "no page markings" to not have them, except for perhaps having a name of someone at the front! VERY disappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition without most features 22 May 2013
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There is no indication of the difference between the kindle and print edition. Very sloppy Amazon! This was cheap in the kindle edition but includes only the text (in modernised spelling) with a paraphrase or gloss of difficult words or phrases, in what would be the right margin if there was one. It can be difficult to disentangle the paraphrase from the text and to understand what's going on, owing to the lack of formatting. Unless you are reasonably familiar with Chaucer I wouldn't recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful and informative 4 Jan 2011
By Holly
Format:Paperback
I'm studying 'The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale' for my A levels and am finding it to be of great help. There's a summary of each section of the prologue and tale, and plenty of sections to do with background and different approaches to the text, as well as information about the themes, characters, and the literary techniques used. I've got two other study guides for 'The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale' and although this one was a bit more expensive, it was definitely worth it! The only thing it doesn't really have is any critical information written by other people, but this is easily found in other places if your course requires it anyway!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange book 22 Dec 2013
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Only buy this if you know Olde English. Again I studied this at A level and bought it to remind myself of it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay really 2 Dec 2013
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Copy okay, bit waring on the sides and cover and page ripped out at the front. Not as advertised but in readable condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 27 Mar 2013
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Needed this for A level, and I got an A overall, a very good and awesome book. Funny as anything.
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