Start reading The Canterbury Tales In Plain and Simple English (Transla... on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books even without a Kindle device-with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones and tablets.
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
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Print List Price: 13.45
Kindle Price: 1.91 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: 11.54 (86%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 1.91  
Paperback 9.41  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: At least 60% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Description

Product Description

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.

If you have struggled in the past reading old English, then BookCaps can help you out.

We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

Product details

  • 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • 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)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

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.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mediaeval work. 30 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts 3 April 2014
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Plain English 19 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for students. 4 Feb 2014
By Jo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic' 28 Dec 2013
By Patsy A
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great to read this classic after so many year and in simple and understandable language..A grea.t piece of classic literature.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category