ISBN10: 1515428621 ISBN13: 9781515428626 Publisher: Smk Books Published: Apr 3 2018 Pages: 514 Language: English
The Canterbury Tales was Chaucer's magnum opus. He uses the tales and the descriptions of the characters to paint an ironic and critical portrait of English society at the time, and particularly of the Church. Structurally, the collection resembles The Decameron, which Chaucer may have come across during his first diplomatic mission to Italy in 1372. The tales are told as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together.