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Inside this Book – The story of Troilus and Criseyde (I will use that Chaucerian as opposed to the Shakespearian spelling here) dates back only a far as the middle ages, despite it being set during the Trojan War. The interesting thing is that while Troilus does appear in the Iliad, this particular story does not. I will briefly recount the story as I suspect people are not too familiar with it. I also suspect that it is not the style of romantic comedy people would appreciate today. Well, I will call it a comedy, despite difficulty in finding anything funny in the poem, but that probably has more to do with it not being the easiest story to read.
Inside this book –Troilus and Criseyde PDF Book by Geoffrey Chaucer – This is a very good edition of the text. Being a Norton edition, it provides a very good gloss by the side of each line, for the Middle English; critical material and responses; an introduction with very good background information; and a translation of Chaucer’s main source alongside the text. I have to confess I’ve never been that enthused with Chaucer before. As with Shakespeare, I feel that he’s presented far too often as the be-all and end-all of his period. They are massively influential, of course, but there’s so much focus on these texts that pre-university, I had little idea of the breadth of literature. It pretty much narrowed down to them and Dickens. I didn’t like The Canterbury Tales very much when I came to it in first year. I won’t say that an academic viewpoint spoils Chaucer, because I came to Troilus and Criseyde for a class, too, but I do wish people could come to Chaucer and Shakespeare on their own terms. It was much easier to do that, with Troilus and Criseyde, because I knew almost nothing about this before I started this module of my MA.
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- Full Book Name – Troilus and Criseyde
- Author of this Book – Geoffrey Chaucer
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