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The General Prologue & The Physician's Tale

Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales are widely read and studied. The Middle English in which they were first written differs sufficiently from modern English, in vocabulary and usage, that most of us require a contemporary translation. On this recording the ‘General Prologue’ and ‘The Physician’s Tale’ are read in Middle English by Richard Bebb, under the direction of a leading Chaucerian scholar, Professor Derek Brewer. It is an authoritative performance that brilliantly evokes the fourteenth-century world, both for the general reader and the student alike. This is followed by a witty modern verse translation, and provides a fascinating contrast with the original.

The Canterbury Tales are widely read and studied. The Middle English in which they were first written differs sufficiently from modern English, in vocabulary and usage, that most of us require a contemporary translation. On this recording the ‘General Prologue’ and ‘The Physician’s Tale’ are read in Middle English by Richard Bebb, under the direction of a leading Chaucerian scholar, Professor Derek Brewer. It is an authoritative performance that brilliantly evokes the fourteenth-century world, both for the general reader and the student alike. This is followed by a witty modern verse translation, and provides a fascinating contrast with the original.
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The Canterbury Tales are widely read and studied. The Middle English in which they were first written differs sufficiently from modern English, in vocabulary and usage, that most of us require a contemporary translation. On this recording the ‘General Prologue’ and ‘The Physician’s Tale’ are read in Middle English by Richard Bebb, under the direction of a leading Chaucerian scholar, Professor Derek Brewer. It is an authoritative performance that brilliantly evokes the fourteenth-century world, both for the general reader and the student alike. This is followed by a witty modern verse translation, and provides a fascinating contrast with the original.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Bebb, Philip Madoc, Stephen Tompkinson

Length:

2h 18m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:47


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

00:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

00:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

00:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

00:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

00:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:09


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

00:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

00:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

01:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:36


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

00:41


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

01:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

00:56


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:19


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:20


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:18


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:15


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:07


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:47


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:09