Chaucer's Tale

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Chaucer was not always the revered creator of The Canterbury Tales. As this meticulously researched history explains, until 1386 he was an obscure civil servant writing elegant verses for an aristocratic coterie in London. That year, a storm of personal, political and financial crises drove him into exile in Kent, where he embarked on a new kind of poetry: a verse narrative that gave voice to ordinary people and ensured his recognition as one of England’s greatest poets.

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Chaucer's Tale

Chaucer's Tale

1386 and the Road to Canterbury

Viking2014

Hardback300pp Illustrated222x145mm

9780670026432     Product Code: 501591

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Chaucer was not always the revered creator of The Canterbury Tales. As this meticulously researched history explains, until 1386 he was an obscure civil servant writing elegant verses for an aristocratic coterie in London. That year, a storm of personal, political and financial crises drove him into exile in Kent, where he embarked on a new kind of poetry: a verse narrative that gave voice to ordinary people and ensured his recognition as one of England’s greatest poets.

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