chaucer & canterbury tales intro lesson

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A fully transitioned slide show set to music with color art and embedded audio of a reading of part of the Prologue. Covers Chaucer's life and outlines The Canterbury Tales. Ends with references including links.


  • 1. Geoffrey Chaucer andThe Canterbury Tales Overview of a Life and Work

2. Chaucer the man

  • Born 1345-46 ?
  • Positions held:
    • Esquire of the royal court
    • Comptroller of customs,
    • port of London
    • Soldier, Hundred Years War
    • Diplomat
    • Poet
    • Justice of the peace
    • Member of Parliament...Etc.!

3. Celebrated Author

  • Among works written:
  • The House of Fame,late 1370s.
  • The Parliament of Fowls,1380.
  • Boece, Troilus, and Croseyede , 1382-86.
  • The Legend of Good Women ,1385-87.
  • The Canterbury Tales.
  • This was a 13-year project:
  • begun 1387-92
  • bulk written 1392-95latest tales 1396-1400

4. Chaucers Life and Family

  • Chaucers father was a vintner.
  • Chaucer belonged to the upper
  • middle class.
  • He had a wife and children.
  • Well respected among peers and held in high esteem by king; received annual wine supplies, which later increased in size
  • Little is known of his life beyondofficial duties and achievements.
  • He died in 1400 (October 25?).

5. AboutThe Canterbury Tales

  • A series of stories told by individuals representing a cross-section of medieval English society who undergo a Christian pilgrimage from London to Canterbury.
  • Told as a game to make the journey less tiresome and grueling, and to see who tells the best tale.
  • Many different storytellerssome rough, vain, or materialistic; others wise, pious, or noble.
  • Therefore, many different tales...

6. The Characters

  • The Knight
  • The Miller
  • The Reeve
  • The Cook
  • The Man of Law
  • The Wife of Bath
  • The Friar
  • The Summoner
  • The Clerk
  • The Merchant
  • The Squire
  • The Franklin

7. More Characters

  • The Physician
  • The Pardoner
  • The Shipman
  • The Prioress
  • Sir Topas
  • Melibee
  • The Monk
  • The Nuns Priest
  • The Canons Yeoman
  • The Manciple
  • The Parson

8. Structure and Themes

  • A prologue precedes each characters tale
  • The prologue introduces the character personally
  • The tale reveals more through the characters chosen subject and treatment of that subject
  • Major themes include morality and genuine vs. false pilgrimage

9. The Text in Verse: Prologue

  • Here bygynneth theBook of the Tales ofCaunterbury .
  • Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
  • The droghte of March hath perced to theroote,. . .
  • Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
  • Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
  • The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne. . . Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,
  • And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes,
  • To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;
  • And specially from every shires ende
  • Of Engelond to Caunterbury theywende,
  • Source: fas . harvard . edu /~ chaucer / teachslf / gp -par. htm

10. Pronouncing Vowels inMiddle English Sounds like ModernMiddle English oa k o, oobote, boot (close o) b ough tolof, ok (open o) b oo t u, ouhus, hous f a ther a, aamate, maat b a g ebegge, rede (open e) m a te e, eeme, meet, mete (close e) m ee ty,imyne, sight 11. ASSIGNMENT: Click on the hyperlink below. Explore the website. Then, in a paragraph, describe three things that most interest, puzzle, or enlighten you about the information you find: Life in the Middle Ages . DUE 10/5. 12. Web References

  • A Geoffrey Chaucer bio on a food-themed site with medieval recipes:www. godecookery .com/ chaucer / ccookery . htm
  • About Chaucer andThe Canterbury Tales , plus text excerpts: unc . edu / depts / chaucer /
  • Audio clip of professor reciting Canterbury prologue:
  • Learning Middle English multiple-lesson website: fas . harvard . edu /~ chaucer / teachslf /less-0. htm #Indexfound through
  • Aspects of Life in the Middle Ages, including quizzes and interactives / middleages /index.html
  • Clip Art:http:// classroomclipart .com/ cgi -bin/kids/ imageFolio . cgi ?direct=History/Middle_Ages andhttp://www. godecookery .com/pilgrims/pilgrims. htm