Have you ever wondered why Chaucer's pilgrims all arrive at dusk? Dolores Cullen has the answer to that riddle. Learn why there are no married couples among the pilgrims, and no children either. Learn why most of the pilgrims are men (there are only three women). Learn about the two brothers, the broad-shouldered door-crasher, the thin and easily angered one who lives on uncultivated land, the horseman, the warrior, and the woman whose motto is "Love conquers all." Find the answer to an astrological riddle that has lain dormant for six hundred years, and learn why the Canterbury Tales has a star-studded cast!
dolores gives an overview of the book:
At the beginning, I was like any other English major reading the Canterbury Tales. Then things just began to happen. As I read, I was distracted by questions about the pilgrims. What made this precise group necessary? No matter what I was doing, in some little compartment of my brain the images of the pilgrims were always on screen. Picture, if you will, that what's going on in your mind is projected on a TV screen, and at the bottom of the screen there is a narrow tape running. That tape ran on and on with the pictures of the pilgrims. And then--without any warning--a second tape of images began running just above the pilgrim-tape, and, in a few moments, they meshed. They matched. The tapes stopped running, and I sat there overwhelmed, contemplating the matched identities. Amazing! Chaucer presents the first group described in terms of the second geroup.
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...