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Elizabeth

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  • The Modern Scholar: Bard of the Middle Ages: The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Drout
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    (79)
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    (54)
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    Through his writing, Chaucer's wit, charm, and eloquence give us a deeper understanding of not only the time in which he lived, but of how human emotion, frailty, and fortitude are the base elements of human existence. Despite social upheaval and the changing fortunes of his patrons and peers, Chaucer remained a favored subject during three distinct and contrasting reigns. His experiences provided Chaucer an appreciation for his good (and bad) fortune - and that of others - made evident in his writing.

    Elizabeth says: "Who's Afraid of Geoffrey Chaucer?"
    "Who's Afraid of Geoffrey Chaucer?"
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    Not sure about Geoffrey Chaucer? You'll be won over by Prof. Drout's lively introduction to his major works, which focuses especially on The Canterbury Tales. With wit and thoughtful criticism, Drout puts Chaucer in context of his time and the larger scale of literary history. Drout's tone is light, but his insights are deep. You don't have to a be a scholar of medieval literature to enjoy this lecture series -- but you might think about becoming one once you're through listening. Highly enjoyable.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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