By Peter Ackroyd
"A romp for the a long time" (Vanity Fair)—now with a photograph hide and deluxe packaging
popular novelist, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what's arguably the best poem within the English language and provides it in a prose vernacular that makes it obtainable to readers whereas retaining the spirit of the unique. A replicate for medieval society, The Canterbury Tales matters a motley crew of pilgrims who meet in a London lodge on their option to Canterbury and conform to participate in a storytelling pageant. Ackroyd's modern prose emphasizes the humanity of those characters-as good as explicitly rendering their bawdy humor-yet nonetheless masterfully inspires the euphonies and harmonies of Chaucer's verse.
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I should have asked her. Her name was Madame Eglantine, and she was as fragrant as any sweetbriar or honeysuckle. She sang the divine service with perfect pitch, and intoned the sacred verses in a deft and sonorous manner. She spoke French elegantly enough, although her accent was closer to Bow than to Paris. What does it matter if we do not speak the exact language of the French? They are no longer our masters. English is even spoken in the parliament house now. The table manners of the Prioress were of the best.
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She had an easy laugh, and was affable with everyone. She seemed to take a liking to me in particular, and was very fond of discussing stories of lost love and of forlorn lovers. She reached over and pressed my hand during the course of one affecting tale. She had performed in that game before. She knew, as they say, the ways of the dance. That was the Wife of Bath. There was also riding with us a good man of religion, the poor PARSON of a small town. He was poor in wealth, perhaps, but rich in thought and holy works.