CHAUCER'S ENGLAND by Duncan Taylor


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Almost every high school student has at least a nodding acquaintance with the name and fame of Chaucer- and a measure of curiosity about what England was like for the people who took the pilgrimage to Canterbury. This is the story of that England of the 14th century, an England that was seeing the end of the Middle Ages, the first sparks of the Renaissance, England of the Black Plague, of the Peasant's Revolt, of Edward III and Richard II, England after centuries of subjugation to the French language, haltingly claiming sovereignty of her own tongue. Through this panorama is sketched the story of Chaucer, developing in an England of forward stress. Here is one way to absorb history, to link it with literature and to view it through a poet's eyes.

Pub Date: May 2nd, 1960
Publisher: Roy