Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in Easy Reading Verse

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For all its great reputation and the affection in which it is held, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, written in 14th century Middle English, can actually be a daunting prospect to read.

Whether you’re new to the tales, or perhaps a teacher looking to enthuse and stimulate your students, or simply thinking of re-reading them, you will find here a thoroughly entertaining and immediately accessible way into the storytelling genius of Chaucer in simple and amusing rhyming verse.

While other folk were hard at work
Reciting prayers and psalms,
These three lads were hard at work
A-bending their right arms.

It was the tavern where they prayed,
A worship of a sort,
For here they gulped down pints of beer
And sack and wine and port.