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The Physician’s Tale

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Part Seventeen

The Physician’s Tale, somewhat neglected during the nineteenth century, has enjoyed a resurgence of scholarly attention over the past quarter century. The early sources of the tale bequeathed to Chaucer an exemplum of the abuse of justice: a father kills his daughter to prevent an unscrupulous judge from taking possession of her. In Chaucer’s hands, however,
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published July 15th 1987 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published June 1987)
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Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a very beautiful and tragic story, my favorite of The Canterbury Tales that I have read so far. For such a short story, it's incredibly powerful. You can feel Virginius's pain and understand the difficult decision he has to make. The concept that a father may love his child enough to kill her isn't exactly intuitive.
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Poor Virginia!!
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Rereading the General Prologue and a few tales to teach.
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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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