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The Riverside Chaucer by Geoffrey Chaucer
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Feb 21, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: pre-19th-century, on-shelf
Read in March, 2008

I won't lie and say that I read everything in here in the Middle English. The rating is partially due to the quality of the book (physically, it's one of the nicest looking books I have seen) and the critical material that is also contained within. The introductions and glossary and footnotes are outstanding. Reading the stories without context, I would likely rate them a 2 or 3, but Chaucer deserves some respect considering the time period of their composition. Very clever for him as somewhat of a court figure to manage some of the bawdy tales here by putting them in the mouths of characters telling stories, and some of his recurring motifs are cause for speculation. Some really well-constructed stuff.
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