The Poet's Tale: Chaucer and the year that made The Canterbury Tales

The Poet's Tale: Chaucer and the year that made The Canterbury Tales


As the 12 months 1386 begun, Geoffrey Chaucer used to be a middle-aged bureaucrat and someday poet, residing in London and having fun with the perks that got here together with his shut connections to its booming wool alternate. while it ended, he used to be jobless, homeless, out of favour together with his acquaintances and residing in exile.

Such a reversal may have spelled the tip of his occupation; yet as an alternative, on the loneliest time of his lifestyles, Chaucer made the innovative selection to 'maken vertu of necessitee' and continue writing. the outcome - The Canterbury Tales - used to be a appreciably new type of poetry that might make his popularity, carry him to a countrywide viewers, and defend his paintings for posterity.

In The Poet's Tale, Paul Strohm brings Chaucer's international to brilliant lifestyles, from the streets and taverns of crowded medieval London to rural seclusion in Kent, and divulges this important 12 months as a turning element within the fortunes of England's most vital poet.

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