The Canterbury Tales

A Retelling by Peter Ackroyd (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Peter Ackroyd - Translator

Peter Ackroyd - Adapted by

Peter Ackroyd - Introduction by

Geoffrey Chaucer - Author

Ted Stearn - Jacket Illustrator

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ISBN 9781101466001 | 464 pages | 02 Nov 2010 | Penguin Classics | 18 - AND UP
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"A romp for the ages" (Vanity Fair)-now with a graphic cover and deluxe packaging

Renowned novelist, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents it in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to readers while preserving the spirit of the original. A mirror for medieval society, The Canterbury Tales concerns a motley group of pilgrims who meet in a London inn on their way to Canterbury and agree to take part in a storytelling competition. Ackroyd's contemporary prose emphasizes the humanity of these characters-as well as explicitly rendering their bawdy humor-yet still masterfully evokes the euphonies and harmonies of Chaucer's verse.

A Note on the Text


The General Prologue
The Knight’s Tale
The Miller’s Prologue and Tale
The Reeve’s Prologue and Tale
The Cook’s Prologue and Tale
The Man of Law’s Prologue, Tale and Epilogue
The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale
The Friar’s Prologue and Tale
The Summoner’s Prologue and Tale
The Clerk’s Prologue and Tale
The Merchant’s Prologue, Tale and Epilogue
The Squire’s Prologue and Tale
The Franklin’s Prologue and Tale
The Physician’s Tale
The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale
The Shipman’s Tale
The Prioress’s Prologue and Tale
Prologue and Tale of Sir Thopas
The Monk’s Prologue and Tale
The Nun’s Priest’s Prologue, Tale and Epilogue
The Second Nun’s Prologue and Tale
The Canon’s Yeoman’s Prologue and Tale
The Manciple’s Prologue and Tale
The Parson’s Prologue
Chaucer’s Retraction

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