Geoffrey Chaucer
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Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (/ˈtʃɔːsər/; c. 1343 - 25 October 1400), known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.

While he achieved fame during his lifetime as an author, philosopher, and astronomer, composing a scientific treatise on the astrolabe for his ten-year-old son Lewis, Chaucer also maintained an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Among his many works, which include The Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Legend of Good Women and Troilus and Criseyde. He is best known today for The Canterbury Tales.

Chaucer was a crucial figure in developing the legitimacy of the vernacular, Middle English, at a time when the dominant literary languages in England were French and Latin.
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    • The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone]

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis, Jay Carnes, Ray Porter, and others
    • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    In this edition, we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Many voices, at times enthralling

    • By Tad Davis on 10-20-08

    Regular price: $26.68

    • The Canterbury Tales

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Neville Coghill, Cecil Trouncer, Robert Ross
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
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    Read in a mixture of Middle-English and modern English, The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible Recording Quality

    • By Michael on 09-17-10

    Regular price: $7.45

    • The Pardoner's Tale

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Richard Bebb
    • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
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    Three tales from The Canterbury Tales, read in the original Middle English by Richard Bebb under the direction of Britain's foremost Chaucer scholar, Derek Brewer....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great fun

    • By Dorothea on 04-11-08

    Regular price: $12.59

    • The Miller's Tale

    • With Spoken Notes by Terry Jones
    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Terry Jones
    • Length: 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
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    In his own inimitable style, Terry Jones leads you through Chaucer's filthy and very funny tale of adultery, the feared coming of the second flood and burnt bums....

    Regular price: $25.80

    • The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Terry Jones
    • Length: 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is one of the most influential pieces of writing in the British literary canon....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A joy

    • By Tad Davis on 09-25-16

    Regular price: $20.65

    • The General Prologue and The Physician's Tale

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Richard Bebb, Philip Madoc, Michael Maloney
    • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    The Canterbury Tales, written near the end of Chaucer's life and hence towards the close of the 14th century, is perhaps the greatest English literary work of the Middle Ages....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Workmanlike reading in clear Middle English

    • By Celia on 09-14-08

    Regular price: $12.59

    • The Knight's Tale

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Richard Bebb
    • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    The Knight's Tale of medieval wars and chivalry is the first tale told to the pilgrims as they set out to Canterbury....

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Troilus and Criseyde (Dramatised)

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer, Lavinia Greenlaw (adaptation)
    • Narrated by: Tom Ferguson, Maxine Peake
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
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    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde by poet and writer Lavinia Greenlaw....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful

    • By Tad Davis on 01-23-17

    Regular price: $10.33

    • The Wife of Bath's Tale

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Peggy Ashcroft
    • Length: 41 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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    The best known of Chaucer's Canterbury's Tales, read by Dame Peggy Ashcroft....

    Regular price: $5.77

    • Poems By Geoffrey Chaucer

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: J.B. Bessinger Jr.
    • Length: 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Narrated in Middle English by J.B. Bessinger, Jr....

    Regular price: $7.22

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