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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. PowerPoint by Justin Lowry. History of Chaucer. Born somewhere between 1342-1345 and died on October 25, 1400. Chaucer married Phillippa who bore him 2 sons and a daughter. He was fluent in French and Latin.

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the canterbury tales by geoffrey chaucer

The Canterbury Talesby Geoffrey Chaucer

PowerPoint by Justin Lowry

history of chaucer
History of Chaucer
  • Born somewhere between 1342-1345 and died on October 25, 1400.
  • Chaucer married Phillippa who bore him 2 sons and a daughter.
  • He was fluent in French and Latin.
  • He wrote The Canterbury Tales from 1380s until the late 1390s.
overview of his early life
Overview of his early life
  • He left home and became a page when he was fourteen.
  • As he got older, he work in the government, helping various rich men and kings.
  • He traveled to Italy a lot on business and met a Petrarch.
  • Here he became familiar with Italian stories and poetry.
about the canterbury tales
About TheCanterbury Tales
  • Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories. Two written in prose and the rest are written in verse.
  • All the stories are contained inside a frame tale which are told by several pilgrims.
  • Some of the tales are serious and others comical.
themes and genres
Themes and Genres
  • The themes of the tales vary, and include topics such as courtly love, treachery, and avarice.
  • Religious malpractice is a major theme.
  • Also, focusing on the division of the three estates (nobility, clergy, and commoners) are a big part of the tales.
  • The genres also vary, and include romance, Breton lai, sermon, beast fable, and fabliaux.
about the story
About the Story
  • Several pilgrims are traveling from Southwark to Canterbury to visit the Shrine of Saint Thomas Becket.
  • The people come from all layers of society.
  • They decide to entertain themselves to kill time and tell each other stories while riding on their horses.
  • Thus, The Canterbury Tales are born.
list of all the tales
The General Prologue

The Knight's Tale

The Miller's Prologue and Tale

The Reeve's Prologue and Tale

The Cook's Prologue and Tale

The Man of Law's Prologue and Tale

The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale

The Friar's Prologue and Tale

The Summoner's Prologue and Tale

The Clerk's Prologue and Tale

The Merchant's Prologue and Tale

The Squire's Prologue and Tale

The Franklin's Prologue and Tale

The Physician's Tale

The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale

The Shipman's Tale

The Prioress' Prologue and Tale

Chaucer's Tale of Sir Topas

The Tale of Melibee

The Monk's Prologue and Tale

The Nun's Priest's Prologue and Tale

The Second Nun's Prologue and Tale

The Canon's Yeoman‘s Prologue and Tale

The Manciple's Prologue and Tale

The Parson's Prologue and Tale

Chaucer's Retraction

List of all the Tales
tales incomplete
Tales incomplete
  • It was originally intended that each character in the story tell four tales (two on the way to Canterbury and two coming back)
  • If this had happened, there would have been a possible 120 total stories.
  • That would have been way more than the 24 stories actually written.
significance of the canterbury tales
Significance of The Canterbury Tales
  • It is the first poem written in the English language.
  • It is therefore given much credit for inventing modern English.
  • It recorded words and phrases that were commonly spoken but were never put down on paper before.
  • Chaucer is considered the model and inspiration for the English poetry that followed him.
works cited
Works Cited
  • The Riverside Chaucer. Houghton Mifflin Co. 1987. F.N. Robinson, ed.
  • "The Canterbury Tales: Critical Overview". 2005. 19 Feb 2008. <>.
  • "The Canterbury Tales." 19 Feb 2008 <>.