from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Chaucer, Geoffrey 1340?-1400. English poet regarded as the greatest literary figure of medieval England. His works include The Book of the Duchess (1369), Troilus and Criseyde (c. 1385), and his masterwork, The Canterbury Tales (1387-1400).
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- proper n. A rare medieval English surname, possibly of French origin; no longer current.
- proper n. Geoffrey Chaucer, a 14th century English author, best remembered for The Canterbury Tales.
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- n. English poet remembered as author of the Canterbury Tales (1340-1400)
My discipline is about as far away as you can get from one in which you'd read Chaucer, so I have to ask -- was *Chaucer* making fun of rape and that's why the students are laughing, or are they laughing because that's who/what/where they are?
Chaucer is given in Shaw's _Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages_; another, on horseback, in Todd's _Illustrations of Gower and Chaucer_.
In Speght’s _Chaucer_ (1667), there is a long list of “old and obscure words in Chaucer explained”; including ‘anthem’, ‘blithe’, ‘bland’, ‘chapelet’, ‘carol’, ‘deluge’,
The passage in Chaucer is in the "Flower and the Leaf."
Historical usage: Geoffrey Chaucer is widely credited as the father of English literature.
Back in Chaucer's time, in the days of knights, the chivalric code stated that if a warrior fought with his anger he had already lost; that a warrior needed to always fight with his mind and higher sensibility.
Now linguistically while you might have an argument that Chaucer is really writing in a French style, which I would dispute its awfully hard to make any similar case for the Elizabethan period which is also the period in which Modern English becomes recognisably what it is.
I especially like the comments (on the blog post) in Chaucer's english.
Hypothetical -- If someone were to post "Happy Birthday" in Chaucer-Era English, would the estate of Mildred and Patty Hill still want their piece?
So, do I get the books on the strength of the authors and hope that they will be interesting, or do I cave into my disinterest in Chaucer and potentially miss some good books?
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