Canterbury Tales By: Geoffrey Chaucer 1340-1400. Background  Chaucer’s claim to fame – Father of English Literature  Three great writers; Chaucer, Shakespeare,

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Slide 1 Canterbury Tales By: Geoffrey Chaucer 1340-1400 Slide 2 Background Chaucers claim to fame Father of English Literature Three great writers; Chaucer, Shakespeare, John Milton Slide 3 Background continued Chaucer first to write in Peasant language 3 Dominate Languages: Latin = Church French = King and Court English = Peasant Chaucer wrote in English, a page (gofer) family rising middle class family made a difference Slide 4 Structure of Canterbury Tales Frame Story a collection of short stories A pilgrimage to Canterbury Slide 5 Chaucers Plan Selected 32 Random people Met at London, traveled 50 miles to Canterbury. Trip of a lifetime, religious reason? 10 horses shared; 4-5 day trip Slide 6 Purpose of trip .. Storytelling to pass the time Each told 4 stories; 2 on the way there, 2 on the way back A contest, winner enjoys lunch at the pub in Bath, once arrived

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