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Chaucer: The Basics is an accessible introduction to the works of Geoffrey Chaucer. It provides a clear critical analysis of the texts, while also providing some necessary background to key medieval ideas and the historical period in which he lived. Jacqueline Tasioulas gives a brief account of Chaucer's life in its historical and cultural context and also introduces the reader to some of the key religious and philosophical ideas of the period. The essentials of the language and pronunciation are introduced through close reading in a section dedicated to demystifying this often alien seeming aspect of studying Chaucer. Including a whole chapter devoted to poetry the book also discusses key works such as: The Book of the Duchess The House of Fame The Parliament of Fowls Troilus and Criseyde The Legend of Good Women The Canterbury Tales With glosses and translations of texts, a glossary of key terms and a timeline this book is essential reading for anyone studying Chaucer and Medieval Literature.
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1. Geoffrey Chaucer: A Life in Time 2. Chaucer's Language of Poetry 3. The Book of the Duchess: Mourning and Memory 4. The House of Fame: Knowledge and Vision 5. The Parliament of Fowls: Courtly Love and Comic Voice 6. Troilus and Criseyde : Love's Philosophy 7. The Legend of Good Women: Women in Love 8. The Canterbury Tales : Of Myrthe and of Solas Appendix Brief Guide to Chaucer's English and its pronunciation Glossary Bibliography

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