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The Nun's Priest's Tale

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1976 by Harrap (first published 1959)
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Jun 21, 2016 Vaishali rated it liked it
Shelves: european-fiction
"Your tale annoyeth all this company."

My exact thoughts on the story's prologue :)
With patience and a good translator, however, I found a string of tales rich in medieval folklore. TNPT is only one part of the Canterbury Tales, which runs 17,000 lines... but enough to whet my palate. Looking forward to the rest of Chaucer's magnum opus.

Some historic gems:
1. Indo-European etymology
"Sweven", means dream in M. English. A cognate of "swapan" in Sanskrit ?

2. Astrology defined he
Bailey Kapitzke
Jan 03, 2013 Bailey Kapitzke rated it liked it
This tale was very interesting. Geoffrey Chauncer's style of writing is very different from the style of writing that is popular today. "The Tale of the Nun's Priest" is about animals that have humanistic traits and meangingful morals. There is a rooster that has everything going for him. He has many beautiful wives and is the king of the barn, until one day. A mysterioius fox captures the rooster. Will he escape? I would recommend this tale/series to anyone who is up for the challenge for readi ...more
Feb 29, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: uni-books
Geoffrey was a weird man, kudos to his imagination though.
Dec 30, 2012 Phil rated it liked it
Although this review comes under the Nun's Priest's Tales, it really covers the whole of Fragment VII of The Canterbury Tales, and to be honest it's a very mixed bag and is one of the least engaging sections so far. The tales it contains are: The Shipman's Tale; the Prioress's Tale; The Tale of Sir Thopas and the Tale of Melibee (both supposedly told by Chaucer in his position as one of the pilgrims); The Monk's Tale and The Nun's Priest's Tale.

The Shipman's tale harks back to the fun (and sex)
Matt Miles
Apr 10, 2014 Matt Miles rated it really liked it
In the middle of this story about a fox and rooster outsmarting each other, the nun's priest contemplates free will and whether God's foreknowledge means that he cases everything, no matter how terrible. He concludes this thought by dismissing it completely and saying "This is just a tale about a rooster." That is a pretty fair representation of the sentiment of our storytellers in the Canturbury Tales. In the very context where they should be contemplating most fully, they quickly dismiss diffi ...more
Richard Harries
Nov 15, 2014 Richard Harries rated it it was amazing
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I did this for alevel and enjoyed going into detail on a fairly long poem. It uses mock humour where it uses the subject of a cock and a hen to discuss great philosophical subjects. It discusses original sin, the fall of man and other medieval interests that are too obscure to remember. I enjoyed studying this at the time but its not a light read for entertainment.
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Oct 22, 2015 Nishachar Ak Prince rated it liked it
It is the first mock-heroic poem of English literature. It deals with the trivial subject matter and arouses humourous effects throughout the poem. Treating the trivial subject with an elevated style certainly makes it one of the best mock-heroic poems of the Middle-English period.
Suchi Banerjee
Jun 16, 2015 Suchi Banerjee rated it liked it
I had seen a children's dance drama in Bengali which was this very story trans-created into something more childish....Chaucer always manages to ring a bell....'Twas fun reading it.
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If you read it in a Scottish accent it makes more sense...
The translation was needed. :L
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Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 – October 25, 1400?) was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative The Canterbury Tales. Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacu ...more
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