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Geoffrey Chaucer’s bawdy classic, The Wife of Bath’s Tale, receives a performance equal to its notoriety as Frances Jeater delightfully inhabits the role of the engaging, lustful, and commanding storyteller in this modern English translation by Frank Ernest Hill. Having detailed her thoughts on relations between husbands and wives - based on her five (going on six) marriages - she entertains her fellow 14th-century Canterbury pilgrims with a story founded upon the eternal question of "what do women want" that ends in fairy tale-like love.

Summary

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

Four more delightful tales from one of the most entertaining storytellers of all time. Though writing in the thirteenth century, Chaucer’s wit and observation comes down undiminished through the ages, especially in this accessible modern verse translation. The stories vary considerably from the uproarious Wife of Bath’s Tale, promoting the power of women to the sober account of patient Griselda in the Clerk’s Tale.

Public Domain (P)2002 Naxos AudioBooks

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  • M. Y. L.
  • 10-07-15

I forgot how good this story is!

Narrator was wonderful! This is one of my favorite tales! Great value and quality! Thank you Audible.com!

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  • Jonathon Horel
  • 11-03-18

The Wife of Bath

Excellent in every way: entertaining and beautifully read. I only wish I could find it in Middle English rather than a modern tramslation. I'll be looking for more readings narrated by Frances Jeater.