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About Geoffrey Chaucer

Sometimes called the father of English literature because of his use of English vernacular rather than French or Latin, Geoffrey Chaucer was born some time in the early 1340s, most probably into a family of London vintners whose wealth and connections ensured the young Chaucer a fairly model upbringing for a fourteenth century lad of his station. He was made a page in a junior Royal’s household and then sent off to France on one of the early campaigns in the Hundred Years’ War. He was captured in the Siege of Rheims in 1360 and was ransomed with the aid of £13 from King Edward III.
Although he wrote many works it is for  his unfinished narrative The Canterbury Tales that he will be most remembered.

Geoffrey Chaucer audio book downloads:

The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales Audiobook

The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales Audiobook
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer
Read by Terry Jones

Our recording of The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales is a translation from the Middle English into modern language. It is translated by the leading Chaucerian enthusiast Terry Jones, yes the Monty Python one, who adds to his truly scholarly rendition of the text a smattering of vital and fascinating notes, recorded as he read.

A meeting between pilgrims at the Tabard Inn on the road to Canterbury provides the linking narrative for The Canterbury Tales. A group of pilgrims swap their tales, with a thoroughly human competitiveness and retaliatory jousting. The choice of pilgrims for his characters allowed Chaucer to put together types that wouldn’t usually associate let alone talk. This allowed him to put a tale of courtly love along side a political treatise, and in this case a filthy and very funny tale of adultery, the feared coming of the second flood and burnt bums.

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The Miller's Tale Audiobook

The Miller's Tale Audiobook
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer
Read by Terry Jones

Our recording of The Miller’s Tale is a translation from the Middle English into modern language. It is translated by the leading Chaucerian enthusiast Terry Jones, yes the Monty Python one, who adds to his truly scholarly rendition of the text a smattering of vital and fascinating notes, recorded as he read.

A meeting between pilgrims at the Tabard Inn on the road to Canterbury provides the linking narrative for The Canterbury Tales. A group of pilgrims swap their tales, with a thoroughly human competitiveness and retaliatory jousting. The choice of pilgrims for his characters allowed Chaucer to put together types that wouldn’t usually associate let alone talk. This allowed him to put a tale of courtly love along side a political treatise, and in this case a filthy and very funny tale of adultery, the feared coming of the second flood and burnt bums.

Download The Miller's Tale audiobook today and get The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales Free!

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