Innkeeper Herry Bailly is the host of the company who tell and hear Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. For those who simply enjoy the entertainment of storytellilng, that's all he is. But read between the lines, and find the central figure of an allegory--the form that challenged and delighted the poet's contemporaries. It is Christ who is the central force and guiding light of Chaucer's literary pilgrimage.
dolores gives an overview of the book:
The overseeing presence of the medieval Church could be compared to the air that was breathed. It is the dominance of the Church in everyday life that makes the proposal, of Christ contained in this Host, reasonable. The most renowned host of the fourteenth century was the Eucharistic host. The Eucharist, simply put, was "an axis around which worlds revolved." To the individual person of faith, "from the very nature of [the Eucharist's] sacramental status, it belonged in every area of life."
I became fascinated with Chaucer as a late-in-life college student. I've written 3 books about the Canterbury Tales and 2 more --one that promotes reading Middle English, and one about my Chaucer research adventure. My aim is to show there is a deeper, truly...
The concept is admirable to render Middle English less threatening by transcribing familiar titles and expressions into Middle English spelling. Cullen accurately translates from Modern to Middle English a...