Books Should Be Free is now
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

Chaucer and His England   By:

Book cover

First Page:

CHAUCER AND HIS ENGLAND

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

FROM ST. FRANCIS TO DANTE.

"A more enlightening picture than any we have yet read." Times.

"It will, I hope, be read by every one who wants to know what the Middle Ages were really like." DR. RASHDALL in Independent Review .

"Extraordinarily vivacious, fresh, and vivid." MR. C. F. G. MASTERMAN, M.P., in Speaker .

FRIAR'S LANTERN: A Mediæval Fantasia.

"Written with undeniable ability." Times.

"Worthy of a place beside the 'Cloister and the Hearth' as a true work of art." Commonwealth.

FATHER RHINE; with 14 Illustrations.

"This is a very pleasant book of journeying." Spectator.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC NEEDS.

"If the 'man in the street,' who and whoever he be, will take the trouble to read it, his eyes will be opened." Times.

MEDIÆVAL STUDIES: Seven Essays mostly reprinted from the monthly and quarterly reviews.

[Illustration: PORTRAIT OF CHAUCER

PAINTED BY ORDER OF HIS PUPIL THOMAS HOCCLEVE, IN A COPY OF THE LATTER'S "REGEMENT OF PRINCES." THE HAIR AND BEARD ARE GREY, THE EYES HAZEL: HE HAS A ROSARY IN HIS LEFT HAND AND A BLACK PENCASE OR PENKNIFE HANGS FROM HIS NECK]

CHAUCER AND HIS ENGLAND

BY G. G. COULTON, M.A. AUTHOR OF "FROM ST. FRANCIS TO DANTE," ETC.

WITH THIRTY TWO ILLUSTRATIONS

METHUEN & CO. 36 ESSEX STREET W.C. LONDON

First Published in 1908

PREFACE

No book of this size can pretend to treat exhaustively of all that concerns Chaucer and his England; but the Author's main aim has been to supply an informal historical commentary on the poet's works. He has not hesitated, in a book intended for the general public, to modernize Chaucer's spelling, or even on rare occasions to change a word.

His best acknowledgments are due to those who have laboured so fruitfully during the last fifty years in publishing Chaucerian and other original documents of the later Middle Ages; more especially to Dr. F. J. Furnivall, the indefatigable founder of the Chaucer Society and the Early English Text Society; to Professor W. W. Skeat, whose ungrudging generosity in private help is necessarily known only to a small percentage of those who have been aided by his printed works; to Dr. R. R. Sharpe, archivist of the London Guildhall; to Prebendary F. C. Hingeston Randolph and other editors of Episcopal Registers; to Messrs. W. Hudson and Walter Rye for their contributions to Norfolk history; and to Mr. V. B. Redstone's researches in Chaucerian genealogy. His proofs have enjoyed the great advantage of revision by Dr. Furnivall, who has made many valuable suggestions and corrections, but who is in no way responsible for other possible errors or omissions. The many debts to other writers are, it is hoped, duly acknowledged in their places; but the Author must here confess himself specially beholden to the writings of M. Jusserand, whose rare sympathy and insight are combined with an equal charm of exposition.

He has also to thank Dr. F. J. Furnivall, Messrs. E. Kelsey and H. R. Browne of Eastbourne, and the Librarian of Uppingham School, for kind permission to reproduce seven of the illustrations; also the Editor of the Home and Counties Magazine for similar courtesy with regard to the plan of Chaucer's Aldgate included in a 16th century survey published for the first time in that magazine (vol. i. p. 50).

EASTBOURNE

CONTENTS

PAGE

PREFACE v

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS xi

CHAPTER I ENGLAND IN EMBRYO 1

CHAPTER II BOYHOOD AND YOUTH 12

CHAPTER III THE KING'S SQUIRE 25

CHAPTER IV THE AMBASSADOR ... Continue reading book >>




eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book



Popular Genres
More Genres
Languages
Paid Books