Selected Canterbury Tales Author:Geoffrey Chaucer At the Tabard Inn in Southwark, in the London of the late 1300s, a band of men and women from all walks of life have gathered to begin a pilgrimage to the shrine of Thomas a Becket at Canterbury. To relieve the tedium of the journey, the host of the inn proposes that each of the pilgrims tell a favorite story, promising that the best story... more »teller will be treated to a fine dinner on the group's return to Southwark.
So begins one of the earliest masterpieces of English literature, a collection of stories as much prized for the portraits of its storytellers as for the stories they tell -- portraits that reveal much of the rich social fabric of 14th-century England. Now three of the most popular tales- - along with the charming General Prologue -- have been selected for this edition: "The Knight's Tale", "The Miller's Prologue and Tale" and "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale".
Animated by Chaucer's sly humor, flair for characterization and wise humanity, the stories have been recast into modern verse that captures the lively spirit of the originals. Highly entertaining, they represent an excellent entree to the rest of 'The Canterbury Tales' and to the pleasures of medieval poetry in general.« less
If the only exposure you've had to these stories was in your high school Brit Lit class, you should really take another look as an adult. Seriously, my teacher never told us all the dirty references or the violence shown in a couple of the tales. We were too busy trying to decipher the language to see all the bawdy humor and sexual metaphors. What a shame. I find that as an English teacher now, telling my students to look for dirty jokes makes reading "the classics" all the more fun!
This isn't an exhaustive collection of the Tales, and there are very few notes, but it's a nice little edition of "the greatest hits".