The Canterbury Tales (Group A)
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer between 1387 and his death in 1400, The Canterbury Tales is a collection of twenty-four diversely themed stories, told in a competition between fictional characters on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury cathedral.
Similar to the way that the spelling of William Shakespeare is modernised, so that Twelfe Night becomes Twelfth Night in the majority of modern editions, this translation of the first Fragment (Group A) of The Canterbury Tales adapts Chaucer’s words into their most recent spelling, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, so that fetisly becomes featously, whylom whilom, darreyne darrein, chaffare chaffer, eek eke, meynee meinie, hye hie, and woot wot.
Group A includes the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, and the tales of the Knight, the Miller, the Reeve and the Cook.
Includes footnotes, and the Middle English text.