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The Franklin's Prologue and Tale

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This well-established series is now being updated with scholarly introductions and attractive new covers. Texts are in the original Middle English throughout, and each has an introduction, detailed notes and a glossary.
Paperback, 154 pages
Published June 24th 1994 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1980)
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Lizzy Abhold
Geoffrey Chaucer is a new favorite of mine. He has an excellent way with words and this story is a great example of that. “The Franklin’s Tale” was a very good story with a great ending. I really like the way Chaucer incorporated the moral into the story and totally switched up the way you thought the story was going to end. The other thing I liked is how the wife stayed faithful to her husband even though he was away for two years. I would recommend this book to anyone with a love for very good ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Devon rated it really liked it
I think I may be in love with Chaucer...
Feb 22, 2013 Phil rated it liked it
Fragment V of The Canterbury Tales (consisting of just two tales, the Squire's and the Franklin's) is good but not up to Chaucer's previous high standards. The Squire is the helpmate to the "verrey parfit, gentil knyght" who gave us the first Tale proper, reflecting hus highest social standing in the group. The Squire, young and callow, fancies himself as one well-learned in the traditions of chivalry in which he's being brought up and so he prepares to gives us an enormously long tale of ...more
Loren Harway
Sep 13, 2007 Loren Harway rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Chaucer enthusiasts
this book really opened my eyes. i mean, i had no idea people wrote like this. wow.
the thing about Chaucer is that his stories are interesting but if you aren't fluid in translating olde english you'll constantly be referring to the back for the meanings of words.
As with most of the canterbury tales it can be summed up in a paragraph despite its length; perhaps if the franklin hadn't given about 20 examples of women who've suffered throughout the ages it would've been shorter.
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Matt Miles
As is common with Chaucer, especially when he moves higher up the ranks with the subjects of his stories, it's hard to tell how he is playing this situation. As is also common in most of the stories, the woman gets the raw deal, and doesn't even seem in the running for the "noblest of character" award. A tale about marriage devolves into a tale of honor among men. But to what end? It's worthy of discussion.
Feb 23, 2010 Nicky rated it it was amazing
Read this for A'Level English Lit, and i loved it when i assumed i'd hate it! The translation guide is very necessary though.. haven't read anymore of his tales but i definatley will when i get time to!
Thomas McIlroy
Jan 04, 2009 Thomas McIlroy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Despite it being a classic book, I just didn't like The Franklin's Prologue and Tale. I think this was due to the language issues though, and I do feel that Chaucer dealt well with key issues of the period.
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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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