Chaucer's Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury

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ISBN: 9780143127833
Publisher: Penguin Books
Language: English
Page Count: 304
Size: 8.09" l x 5.30" w x 0.85"
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A lively, concise biography of the father of English literature and the tumultuous year that led to The Canterbury Tales
 
At the beginning of 1386, Geoffrey Chaucer - lauded today as the father of English literature - was a middle-aged Londoner with a modest bureaucratic post; his literary successes had been confined to a small audience of intimate friends. But by year’s end, he was swept up in a series of disastrous events that would ultimately leave him jobless, homeless, separated from his wife, and exiled in the countryside of Kent. Unbroken by these worldly reversals, Chaucer pursued a new life in art.

In this highly accessible social history, Paul Strohm, one of the finest medievalists of our time, vividly recreates the bustle of everyday life in fourteenth-century London while he unveils the fascinating story behind Chaucer’s journey from personal crisis to rebirth as the immortal poet of The Canterbury Tales.

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