Geoffrey Chaucer’s masterful Lawyer’s Tale receives royal treatment via the sonorous narration by British stage and screen veteran Charles Kay and a modern English translation by Frank Ernest Hill. Conceived as one of the tales told by 14th-century pilgrims to the shrine at Canterbury, this narrative features the Christian princess Constance, her betrothal to the Syrian Sultan, and the betrayal that sends her back to sea alone and toward additional trials after crashing into the shores of Northumberland. While the story itself is stirring, it also provides shrewd commentary on the role of women in commerce and religion.
This is a story from the Canterbury Tales III: Modern Verse Translation collection.
Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, a collection of narratives written between 1387 and 1400, tells of a group of 30 people from all layers of society who pass the time along their pilgrimage to Canterbury by telling stories to one another, their interaction mediated (at times) by the affable host - Chaucer himself. Naxos AudioBooks' third volume presents the tales of six people, here in an unabridged modern verse translation (by Frank Ernest Hill, 1935). This is an ideal way to appreciate the genuinely funny and droll talent of England's early master storyteller. Seven leading British actors bring the medieval world into the 21st century, and at least in terms of character, not much seems to have changed!
Public Domain (P)2004 Naxos AudioBooks
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