Not to be a liberal at 20 is proof of want of heart; to be one at 30 is proof of want of head. — Francois Guizot

Stories from Chaucer Told to the Children - Janet Kelman



This book retells several famous stories from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in a manner appealing to young children. Most of the selections, including the Franklin's Tale, the Knight's Tale, The Clerk's Tale, and the Lawyer's Tale are romantic love stories, suitable for novice readers.

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'ALAS! OF ALL THE SHIPS I SEE, IS THERE NEVER ONE THAT WILL BRING MY LORD HOME?'


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TO
Ane littel maid that yeveth me delit,
And Barbara this yonge maiden hight.



Where These Stories Came From

Very long ago, when children still walked softly through the Greenwood to surprise the fairies, and when big people were as fond of stories as little ones are now, a company of pilgrims went on horseback to Canterbury.

The way was long, and, in order to make it seem less tiresome, the pilgrims tried to find out which of them could tell the best story. A grave and gentle man rode with them. His name was Geoffrey Chaucer. He wrote down the stories in a book, in quaint old English words. You would not know in the least what some of these words meant, although you looked at them all day long.

But here, in simple words, are four of the most beautiful of all those stories that Chaucer tells us the big people loved to hear, when the world was young.

J. H. K.



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