Accessible and well illustrated guide to Chaucer by Professer Michael Alexander. Geoffrey Chaucer's most famous work is his Canterbury Tales, a set of tales told by pilgrims on their way to the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The telling of the Tales is set in Kent, and their tellers are recognisably English. Chaucer was a keen observer, and his own Englishness is unmistakable, not least in his social sense of humour. He wrote exclusively in English, and was the first major European poet to do so. His works, printed by Caxton, are the only verse literature from the Middle Ages to have remained continously in print since Caxton. John Dryden called him the Father of English Poetry. He is buried in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey.
Michael Alexander is Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of St Andrews. 39 pages including full colour illustrations.