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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - The Knight's Tale
by Geoffrey Chaucer
Binding: Paperback, 204 pages
Publisher: Sims Press
Weight: 0.58 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.5 x W: 0.48 inches
ISBN 10: 1408608243
ISBN 13: 9781408608241
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CHAUCERS CANTERBURY TALES THE KNIGHTS TALE EDITED WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES I903 PREFACE. IN my edition of the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales I paid especial attention to annotating those of its allusions which touch on English life in the 14th century. In these notes and introduction to the Knights Tale I have tried to illustrate Chaucers methods as a story teller at a particularly interesting stage of his career, and in doing this to show in some detail what was the degree of his indebtedness to Boccaccios Teseide. The differences which Chaucer introduces alike in the plot and the characters seem to me to be of a kind in which readers, both young and old, may profitably be interested, and they offer an easy introduction to poetical criticism. As regards the identity of the Knights Tale with the story of a1 the love of Palamon and Arcite referred to in the Legend of Good Women, I have necessarily written at some length in the Introduction, but a shorter treatment is provided as an alternative for young students. Those who wish for further argument on substantially the same side should consult an able paper by Mr. Jewett Mather in the English Miscellany presented to Dr. Furnivall Oxford, I 901. For help in compiling the Glossary I have to thank fr. George England and Miss Mary A. Trimen, M.A. Lond., of Bedford College. The Appendix of Illustrations of Chaucers Grammar from the Knights Tale is the work of Miss Trimen alone. A rgirst, I 903. A. W. POLLARD. CONTENTS. PAGE INTRODUCTION, 1 USE OF THE TESEIDE APPENDIX CHAUCERS IN OTHER POEMS, 126 INTRODUCTION. I. THE tale of the contention of Palamon and Arcite for the hand of the fair Emily is undisguisedly a love story, and that, despite the death and burial of one of the heroes, by no means a tragic one. It is, moreover, notwithstanding one or two classical touches, essentially medieval in tone and thought The lovers argue as to their respective rights as suitors according to the medi eval ideas of love and friendship, and eventually try their pretensions by the arbitrament, first of single com bat, afterwards of a tournament of a hundred knights on each side. In all this, it is needless to say there is nothing at all Greek. Yet when we come to erijoy ourselves in this gay 14th century garden, so full of the rich, bright colours in which the medieval poets delighted no less than the illuminators of medieval manuscripts, we find that it is laid out amid the ruins of the very oldest Greek legends. Chaucer was not the man to trouble himself greatly about chronology but if he had looked up authorities on the subject he would have told us that his story begins some thirty years before the Siege of Troy, a sufficient compliance with that instinct .. 11 INTRODUCTION to write about old unhappy far off things which poets in what seems to us the worlds youth felt no less than those of our own day. Unhappy is, indeed, too weak a word to apply to that terrible tale of Thebes on to which this delightful love story had been tacked by Boccaccio, whom Chaucer followed and improved upon. Ihere is no need to tell it here at length, since our poets used so little of it. The two founders of the city were Cadmus and Amphion, to whom Arcite alludes in his lament 11. 687 92 Allas, y broght is to confusioun The blood roial of Cadme and Amphioun, Of Cadmus, which that was the first man That Thebes bulte, or first the toun bigan, And of the citee first was crouned kyng. Of his lynage am I and his ofspryng. Cadmus, to whoin the Greeks assigned the invention of the alphabet, was supposed to have built the citadel of Thebes...


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