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Chaucer for Children: A Golden Key

Geoffrey Chaucer

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Emily,’ and with such good-humoured lenity even of the vulgar, chattering ‘Wife of Bath,’ whose heart was full of angry feelings towards his fellow-creatures. And no one, who was not in his heart a religious man, could have breathed the words of patience with which Arcite tries to comfort his friend, in their gloomy prison—or the greater patience of poor persecuted Griselda—or the fervent love of truth and honourable dealing, and a good life, which fills so many of his poems—or a hundred other touching prayers and tender words of warning. There was a large-heartedness and liberality about Chaucer’s mind, as of one who had mixed cheerfully with all classes, and saw good in all. His tastes were with the noble ranks among whom he had lived; but he had deep sympathy with the poor and oppressed, and could feel kindly even to the coarse and the wicked. He hated none but hypocrites; and he was never tired of praising piety and virtue.

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Community Reviews

I really enjoyed this book which was written in 1882, 500 years after Chaucer lived. The author gives wonderful explanations of the time and the language and of Chaucer’s place in all of it. The illustrations are a delight. Not just for children.

Read for AO year seven

This was really good! I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to read Chaucer but isn't familiar with English from the middle ages.

AmblesideOnline year 7. I read this aloud with my 7th grade daughter, it was our 2nd foray into middle English and while it’s still difficult it was easier since we had prior experience. Even if you don’t have any previous experience though this is a good introduction to Chaucer because she has note