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The Canterbury Tales In Plain and Simple English (Translated) (Classics Retold)
 
 

The Canterbury Tales In Plain and Simple English (Translated) (Classics Retold) [Kindle Edition]

Geoffrey Chaucer , BookCaps
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Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales" is epic in everyway; it have love, humor, history, religion--it has it all! Who wouldn't want to read this true classic? Unfortunately, reading it and understanding it can be two very different things because the English often just does not make sense to the modern reader. Let BookCaps help with this modern translation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2464 KB
  • Print Length: 786 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481813277
  • Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides (21 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ARXM0KI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London, the son of a wine-merchant, in about 1342, and as he spent his life in royal government service his career happens to be unusually well documented. By 1357 Chaucer was a page to the wife of Prince Lionel, second son of Edward III, and it was while in the prince's service that Chaucer was ransomed when captured during the English campaign in France in 1359-60. Chaucer's wife Philippa, whom he married c. 1365, was the sister of Katherine Swynford, the mistress (c. 1370) and third wife (1396) of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, whose first wife Blanche (d. 1368) is commemorated in Chaucer's earliest major poem, The Book of the Duchess.

From 1374 Chaucer worked as controller of customs on wool in the port of London, but between 1366 and 1378 he made a number of trips abroad on official business, including two trips to Italy in 1372-3 and 1378. The influence of Chaucer's encounter with Italian literature is felt in the poems he wrote in the late 1370's and early 1380s - The House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls and a version of The Knight's Tale - and finds its fullest expression in Troilus and Criseyde.

In 1386 Chaucer was member of parliament for Kent, but in the same year he resigned his customs post, although in 1389 he was appointed Clerk of the King's Works (resigning in 1391). After finishing Troilus and his translation into English prose of Boethius' De consolatione philosophiae, Chaucer started his Legend of Good Women. In the 1390s he worked on his most ambitious project, The Canterbury Tales, which remained unfinished at his death. In 1399 Chaucer leased a house in the precincts of Westminster Abbey but died in 1400 and was buried in the Abbey.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great mediaeval work. 30 Jun 2013
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One of the English literature classics. It is nice to have both versions (mediaeval and modern English). Of course I did the prologue for 'O' levels many years ago, but we all found the Miller's Tale much more amusing......" Nicholas was y risen for to..." etc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts 3 April 2014
Format:Paperback
I well remember my PRIMARY school teacher reading us some of these stories- no doubt much sanitised.

This book is an conundrum. The technical presentation and translation is really excellent, with both the Old English and modern texts. But the content is disappointing: some stories are incomplete, some very bawdy, some well-known but many being exercises in the niceties of medieval theology- no doubt of great interest 700 years ago, but not now. It is a conundrum as it is something to admire, but not to enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plain English 19 Feb 2014
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A classic which is hard reading if you were born after about 1500AD. This excellent excellent Kindle version gives both the old and the new so you can learn Ye Olde English if you want to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for students. 4 Feb 2014
By Jo
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I REALLY recommend this book for students of English. It's really easy to follow, and while it may not look like much compared to some really pricey volumes out there, this is probably one of the best; it has the original middle english in short passages followed by a proper modern translation in easy to understand prose as opposed to verse.
The only thing I would say that let it down, is that it is not an interlinear translation, because if it was, it would be twice as fabulous.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic' 28 Dec 2013
By Patsy A
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Great to read this classic after so many year and in simple and understandable language..A grea.t piece of classic literature.
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