The Canterbury Tales provides a way to teach students about the different classes and social structure of feudal society.
Portrait of Chaucer, 16th century
Portrait of Chaucer, 16th century


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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales from the Electronic Literature Foundation has side-by-side versions in Middle English and Modern English

Here is a English translation of The Canterbury Tales

external image 200px-Quill_and_ink.svg.pngClick here for biographical information on Chaucer
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The clerk, one of the pilgrims in Chaucer's Canterbury tales.


Chaucer's Canterbury Pilgrims, William Blake, 1808
Chaucer's Canterbury Pilgrims, William Blake, 1808

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Female_Rose.pngClick here for a lesson plan that uses Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to examine the attitudes toward women and marriage in 14th century England.


external image Red_apple.jpgClick here for The Geoffrey Chaucer Page from Harvard University that also provides interlinear translations of the Tales.

rotating gif.gifFor more on medieval Europe, see World History I.7