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The Canterbury Tales


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Title: The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales
  • By Geoffrey Chaucer

Henry II and Thomas Beckett
  • Henry II wants to control the Roman Catholic
  • Appoints Thomas Beckett as Archbishop of
  • The two argue and Henry II regrets his appointment

Becketts Assassination
  • Thomas Beckett is assassinated at Canterbury
    Cathedral when a few royal guards kill him
  • Guards hoped to win favor with Henry II
  • Henry II is disgusted with murder

Canterbury Cathedral
  • After Becketts assassination, Canterbury
    Cathedral becomes pilgrimage shrine
  • Geoffrey Chaucers pilgrims journey to this

Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Born 1343
  • Died 1400
  • A son of a well to do wine merchant
  • Spent his boyhood in downtown London where the
    merchants had their shops

Geoffrey Chaucer
  • In his early teens, he was sent to serve as a
    page in one of the great aristocratic households
    of London
  • The rest of his life was spent in close
    association with the ruling nobility

Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Earliest works a translation of Roman de la
    Rose a 13th century French poem
  • First major work Book of the Duchess
  • Probably began writing The Canterbury Tales in
    1386, and was his chief writing interest until
    his death

The Canterbury Tales
  • A collection of stories in a frame story
  • Written between 1387-1400
  • It is the story of thirty people who travel as
    pilgrims to Canterbury
  • The pilgrims, who come from all layers of
    society, tells stories to each other to kill time
    while they travel

The Canterbury Tales
  • Twenty-Two Tales
  • Chaucers original plan was 120 stories
  • Two tales for each pilgrim on the way to
    Canterbury and two on the way back

The Canterbury Tales
  • Chaucer never finished his enormous project and
    even the completed tales were not finally revised
  • Scholars are uncertain about the order of the
  • The Canterbury Tales has been passed down in
    several handwritten manuscripts

The Canterbury Tales
  • No single literary genre dominates The Canterbury
  • The tales include romantic adventures, fabliaux,
    saints biographies, animal fables, religious
    allegories and even a sermon, and range in tone
    from pious, moralistic tales to lewd and vulgar
    sexual farces

The Canterbury Tales
  • The form that Chaucer most often employs for his
    tale is the fabliau
  • These tales generally concern lower class
    characters the standard form has an older
    husband whose younger wife has an affair with a
    man of flexible social status

The End
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