The Canterbury Tales Author:Chaucer The Canterbury Tales stands conspicuous among the great literary achievements of the Middle Ages. Told by a jovial procession of pilgrims - knight, priest, yeoman, miller or cook - as they ride towards the shring of Thomas a Becket, they present a picture of a nation taking shape. The tone of this never-resting comedy is, by turns, learned, fa... more »ntastic, lewd, pious, and ludicrous. "Here," as John Dryden said, "is God's plenty"
Geoffrey Chaucer began his great task in about 1386. This version in modern English, by Nevill Coghill, preserves the freshness and racy vitality of Chaucer's narrative.« less