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CHAUCER, G.: Canterbury Tales, Vol. 3 (Modern English Verse Translation) (Unabridged)


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CHAUCER, G.: Canterbury Tales, Vol. 3 (Modern English Verse Translation) (Unabridged)

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a collection of narratives written between 1387 and 1400, tells of a group of thirty 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 twenty-first century, and at least in terms of character, not much seems to have changed!

Disc 1

  The Friar's Tale
1.   The Friar's Tale 00:02:21
2.   Here begins the Friar's Tale 00:03:47
3.   So it befell that on a certain day 00:02:46
4.   Now by the truth, my brother dear 00:03:48
5.   In various ways and figures we appear 00:02:47
6.   So on their way they rode forth speedily 00:02:36
7.   The summoner knocketh at the widow's gate 00:02:34
8.   And when the fiend heard how she cursed him so 00:03:10
  The Summoner's Tale
9.   The Summoner's Tale 00:03:15
10.   Here the Summoner begins his tale 00:03:12
11.   Nay cried the friar 00:03:58
12.   Dear Sir, with your permission 00:03:43
13.   Lo, Moses fasted forty days and nights 00:02:40
14.   For they, I think, are like Jovinian 00:03:42
15.   And bear this word away now 00:03:20
16.   Wrathful Cambyses loved both drink and revel 00:03:02
17.   Nay, by St Simon, quickly answered he 00:03:03
18.   Ha! Thought the friar 00:03:19
19.   The lady of the house sat listening 00:02:52
20.   My lord, said Jankin 00:02:56

Disc 2

  The Lawyer's Tale
1.   The Lawyer's Tale 00:05:36
2.   The Prologue of the Lawyer's Tale 00:02:06
3.   Here the Lawyer begins his tale 00:03:44
4.   This sultan for his privy council sent 00:02:56
5.   The day is come at last for their departing 00:03:48
6.   The mother of the sultan 00:03:57
7.   Part 2 00:03:43
8.   A certain treasure that was with her sent 00:03:06
9.   Into our English ocean thus she came 00:04:11
10.   Satan, our ever - waiting arch - betrayer 00:03:19
11.   Down on her knees she dropped 00:03:08
12.   But who was wroth this wedding rite to see 00:03:33
13.   Sad was the king, having this letter read 00:03:45
14.   Now wept the young and old in all that place 00:03:29
15.   Part 3 00:03:30
16.   How could this feeble woman find the might 00:02:55
17.   Aella, who caused his mother to be slain 00:03:15
18.   Fair when they met did Aella give her greeting 00:03:23
19.   Who can describe the piteous joy they know 00:03:25
  The Seaman's Tale
20.   The Seaman's Tale 00:02:12
21.   Here being the Seaman's Tale 00:04:23

Disc 3

  The Seaman's Tale
1.   Sir John had risen some little time ago 00:01:52
2.   The monk began to stare upon this wife 00:03:46
3.   This monk made answer as I tell you here 00:02:59
4.   And afterwards, Sir John with gravity 00:02:46
5.   On the first Sunday after he was gone 00:03:22
6.   His wife was ready at the gate to greet him 00:03:43
  The Prioress's Tale
7.   The Prioress's Tale 00:01:41
8.   The Prologue of the Prioress's Tale 00:02:07
9.   Here begins the Prioress's Tale 00:03:10
10.   This child passed through the Jewish colony 00:03:44
11.   The Christians on the street, that came and went 00:02:52
12.   Therefore I sing, and sing I must indeed 00:02:07
  The Manciple's Tale
13.   The Manciple's Tale 00:03:09
14.   Then to the Manciple spoke up our Host 00:02:44
15.   Here begins the Manciple's Tale 00:03:00
16.   But to the end for which I first began 00:05:06
17.   After this wife sent for her paramour 00:03:49
18.   And to the crow he cried again 00:02:39
19.   Thy first of actions, son, and thy chief care 00:02:36
  The Physician's Tale
20.   The Physician's Tale 00:02:57
21.   If she was unexcelled in beauty thus 00:03:34
22.   This maid of whom I tell did not require 00:03:32
23.   On this, and he not herem 00:03:45
24.   O mercy, O dear father 00:03:31
25.   The words of the Host to the Physician and the Pardoner 00:02:12

Total Playing Time: 03:32:58

Chaucer, Geoffrey

Shanks, Rosalind

Barrett, Sean; Kay, Charles; Maloney, Michael; Pigott-Smith, Tim; Tompkinson, Stephen; West, Timothy

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Great Epics and Tales

Catalogue No: NA330412

Barcode: 9789626343043

Physical Release: 01/2004

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