The Prologue from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byGeoffrey Chaucer

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... THE CANTERBURY TALES INTRODUCTORY NOTE THE PROLOGUE The opening lines of the Prologue set us in the very heart of an English springtime; we know that buds are bursting, and hear the song of birds. The " spring fret" is at least as old as Chaucer. In such a season the mind looks toward pilgrimage, either over sea, or, nearer at hand, through sixty miles of Kentish field and pasture to the shrine of St. Thomas of Canterbury. This was already a venerable pilgrimage in Chaucer's time. Immediately after Thomas a Becket had been slain in his own cathedral of Canterbury, -- the year was 1170, -- miracles were wrought at his tomb; and when four years later Pope Alexander IIL canonized the martyr archbishop, Canterbury had already become a pilgrimage shrine. This it remained until Henry VIII. and the Reformation in 1538 desecrated the shrine and scattered the ashes of the saint, Just before this time the great scholar Erasmm visited the sanctuary, and described1 with fine and cautious irony the mummeries he there saw. It was mth no such feeling, but with perfect faith in the saint that Chaucer crossed London bridge, and leaving the double row of shops and the great bridge tower 1 In the latter part of the Colloquy, Peregrinatio Religion^ Ergo. behind turned down the Thames a few paces to the Tabard inn. Here the poet finds twenty-nine1 English men and women, likewise bound for St. Thomas's ehrine. In the course of the evening Chaucer has met them all, aad is ready to render an account of his fellowpilgrims to the reader. He seems to take them as they eatch his eye in the guest room of the Tabard, for the recurring "ther was" means "there at the inn;" but immediately his mind passes out of the inn to the pilgrims' road, and sets in motion that...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... THE CANTERBURY TALES INTRODUCTORY NOTE THE PROLOGUE The opening lines of the Prologue set us in the very heart...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217366708

ISBN - 13:9780217366700

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