The Best Canterbury Tales Everyone Should Read

I would include ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’ amongst these…

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Ten of Chaucer’s greatest tales

Geoffrey Chaucer left his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, unfinished when he died in 1400, having completed only one-fifth of the projected undertaking. Nevertheless, he left 20-odd tales finished, some of which are somewhat longer than others. What are the ten best Canterbury Tales? Below are what we consider the greatest of the tales told by Chaucer’s pilgrims. If you want to read Chaucer’s vast classic but don’t know the best place to start, these are our recommendations. We’ve been unsure as to whether to link to handy online translations of the Canterbury Tales into modern English, or to link to original Middle English versions. So, we’ve compromised. The interlinear translations offered by Harvard contain a line-by-line translation below the original Middle English.

The Miller’s Tale. Perhaps the most famous – and best-loved – of all of the tales in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

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One thought on “The Best Canterbury Tales Everyone Should Read

  1. Surprisingly, I somehow got through college without ever reading The Canterbury Tales. I do, though, have a copy in Middle English. I think I may buy the interlinear and give these tales a go. Thanks for posting!

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