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The Canterbury Tales

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Paperback published by Bantam Classics (Random House Publishing Group)

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With their astonishing diversity of tone and subject matter, The Canterbury Tales have become one of the touchstones of medieval literature. Translated here into modern English, these tales of a motley crowd of pilgrims drawn from all walks of life—from knight to nun, miller to monk—reveal a picture of English life in the fourteenth century that is as robust as it is representative.
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With their astonishing diversity of tone and subject matter, The Canterbury Tales have become one of the touchstones of medieval literature. Translated here into modern English, these tales of a motley crowd of pilgrims drawn from all walks of life—from knight to nun, miller to monk—reveal a picture of English life in the fourteenth century that is as robust as it is representative.
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Paperback (688 pages)
Published: February 1, 1982
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Bantam Classics
ISBN: 9780553210828
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