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Chaucer’s Seaman tells a story to his fellow pilgrims of a monk, a merchant, and the merchant’s wife, and how they mix commerce, friendship, sex, secrets, and lies in this selection from Frank Ernest Hill’s modern English translation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The esteemed British actor Richard West, CBE, applies rich tones, and a fluency with accents and pacing. His performance creates an intimacy between the tale’s narrator and listeners in this original audiobook production, as well as clearly demonstrating the humor and humanity Chaucer embedded within these classic stories.

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This is a story from the Canterbury Tales III: Modern Verse Translation collection.

Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, a collection of narratives written between 1387 and 1400, tells of a group of 30 people from all layers of society who pass the time along their pilgrimage to Canterbury by telling stories to one another, their interaction mediated (at times) by the affable host - Chaucer himself. Naxos AudioBooks' third volume presents the tales of six people, here in an unabridged modern verse translation (by Frank Ernest Hill, 1935). This is an ideal way to appreciate the genuinely funny and droll talent of England's early master storyteller. Seven leading British actors bring the medieval world into the 21st century, and at least in terms of character, not much seems to have changed!

Public Domain (P)2004 Naxos AudioBooks

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