The Canterbury Tales Author:Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales stands conspicuously 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 shrine of Thomas a Becket, they present a picture of a nation taking shape. The tone of this never-resting comedy is, by turns, learned,... more » fantastic, lewd, pious, and ludicrous. "Here," as John Dryden said, "is God's plenty!"
Geoffrey Chaucer began his great task in about 1836. This version in modern English, by Nevill Coghill, preserves the freshness and racy vitality of Chaucer's narrative.« less