Chaucer's Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury by Paul Strohm

By Paul Strohm

A full of life microbiography of Chaucer that tells the tale of the tumultuous 12 months that ended in the production of The Canterbury Tales

In 1386, Geoffrey Chaucer continued his worst 12 months, yet begun his top poem. the daddy of English literature didn't get pleasure from in his lifetime the literary famous person that he
has today—far from it. The middle-aged Chaucer used to be dwelling in London, operating as a midlevel bureaucrat and someday poet, until eventually a private and professional
crisis set him down the line resulting in The Canterbury Tales.

In the politically and economically fraught London of the past due fourteenth century, Chaucer was once swept up opposed to his will in a chain of disastrous occasions that will finally depart him jobless, homeless, separated from his spouse, exiled from his urban, and remoted within the nation-state of Kent—with not more viewers to listen to the
poetry he worked over.

At the loneliest time of his existence, Chaucer made the progressive selection to maintain writing, and to write down for a countrywide viewers, for posterity, and for fame.

Brought expertly to existence by means of Paul Strohm, this is often the eye-opening tale of the beginning some of the most celebrated literary creations of the English language.

“Paul Strohm illuminates how 1386 marked a decisive yr for Geoffrey Chaucer, one within which he went from complete coterie poet to the preferred writer of the paintings of genius for which he's celebrated to this present day: The Canterbury stories. In Chaucer’s story, Strohm, one of many best medievalists of our time, brings this turbulent second in Chaucer’s England to existence, recuperating in brilliant element the pro and artistic pilgrimage that led Chaucer to compose so memorable a fictional one.”
—James Shapiro, writer of 1599: A 12 months within the lifetime of William Shakespeare

“Strohm makes use of his research of Chaucer’s annus horribilis of 1386 as a jumping-off aspect for exploring no much less a question than who Chaucer was—as a functionary, a resident of London, a member of the King’s circle and of Parliament, and a author operating within the fourteenth century. Strohm’s scholarship is scrupulous; his conclusions attention-grabbing. this can be a portrait not only of Chaucer yet of the complicated and speedily altering global within which he lived, labored, and wrote—a story that intrigues at each turn.”
—Charlie Lovett, writer of The Bookman’s story and primary Impressions

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Page 92 Niccolò Machiavelli. Terra-cotta bust, artist unknown. Alinari/Art Resource, NY. Page 101 Sir Thomas More. Painting by Hans Holbein the Younger. Copyright The Frick Collection, New York. Page 109 Cupola of St. Peter’s. Michelangelo. Alinari/Art Resource, NY. Page 116 Desiderius Erasmus. Painting by Hans Holbein the Younger. Alinari/Art Resource, NY. Page 122 The traffic in indulgences. Detail from woodcut by Hans Holbein the Younger. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1936.

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