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The Canterbury Tales and other works By Chaucer
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THE classic English text, of the pilgrims - young and old, fat and thin,noble and villein, behorsed and on foot, wicked and virtuous - wending their pilgrim way to Canterbury. Still the greatest of... More > reads. CALLENDER MEDIAEVAL TEXTS. -< Less
The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer
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The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century. The tales are told as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel... More > together on a journey to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for the contest is a free meal at the Tabard Inn on their return. The Canterbury Tales was Chaucer's magnum opus. He uses the tales and the descriptions of it's characters to paint an ironic and critical portrait of English society at the time, and particularly of the Church. Structurally, the collection resembles The Decameron, which Chaucer may have read during his first diplomatic mission to Italy in 1372. This is a new edition in modern English for easy reading.< Less
The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer
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Chaucer is considered by some to be the Father of English Literature, and the Canterbury Tales is his magnum opus. It is a frame story - a collection of stories contained by a larger one - written in... More > the Middle-English about Pilgrims on a journey to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. On the way the Pilgrims are locked in a storytelling contest to pass the time. Chaucer's tales paint an ironical and critical picture of English society in the 14th century, and most of the fun is poked at the Church. If you think that reality TV shows where one's dancing or singing skills are judged is a new phenomenon, then you'd be wrong: in 14th century England, when storytelling was the main form of entertainment, groups of singers and storytellers would do their thing and be judged by their leader - the winner would receive a crown, and in the case of the Canterbury Tales, a free meal.< Less
Templar's Prophecy: The Lady Apollonia Mystery Series Book Four By Ellen Foster
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The Lady Apollonia of Aust, medieval sleuth and wealthy daughter of an earl, faces widowhood for the third time. She chooses to guarantee her sovereignty by vowing to become a Bride of Christ,... More > declaring that she will live a nun’s life but remain in the world. Her household takes up residence in Cirencester. There they encounter an ongoing power struggle between the local Augustinian Abbey and the townspeople. After centuries of the abbot’s declaration of being lord of the manor, the people of Cirencester search for ways to stop the abbey’s abuses of power against the town. Upon her arrival the Lady learns that, in the absence of the abbot, the abbey is being run by its prior, an evil living canon. He is known to abuse his power as a manipulative predator without a shred of human compassion or call to Christian ministry. Lady Apollonia is not only forced to deal with murder, she finds herself under attack by one whose muddled mind regards her as the source of evil.< Less
Templar's Prophecy By Ellen Foster
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The Lady Apollonia of Aust, medieval sleuth and wealthy daughter of an earl, faces widowhood for the third time. She chooses to guarantee her sovereignty by vowing to become a Bride of Christ,... More > declaring that she will live a nun’s life but remain in the world. Her household takes up residence in Cirencester. There they encounter an ongoing power struggle between the local Augustinian Abbey and the townspeople. After centuries of the abbot’s declaration of being lord of the manor, the people of Cirencester search for ways to stop the abbey’s abuses of power against the town. Upon her arrival the Lady learns that, in the absence of the abbot, the abbey is being run by its prior, an evil living canon. He is known to abuse his power as a manipulative predator without a shred of human compassion or call to Christian ministry. Lady Apollonia is not only forced to deal with murder, she finds herself under attack by one whose muddled mind regards her as the source of evil.< Less
Plague of a Green Man By Ellen Foster
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A Lady Apollonia Mystery by Ellen Foster. In this novel set in Geoffrey Chaucer’s England, the year is 1380 and winter is approaching. The Lady Apollonia of Aust is living in Devon while her... More > three younger sons attend Exeter’s cathedral school. Her husband, the franklin Edward Aust, is required to be in London while the Lady works with his steward to manage their family’s expanded investments in Devon’s growing wool trade. Lady Apollonia encounters a mysterious aura of antagonism, hovering amidst the guild members of Exeter whom she meets. Inside the Cathedral Close, she realizes that threats against the dean and chapter have already begun to appear within the chapels of the great church. Lady Apollonia not only seeks to understand the meaning of a green man but also to determine why foliate faces, used to corrupt official pardons of the church, should remain her best clues to discover the truth of a plague of intimidation and death infecting all classes of the city.< Less
Plague of a Green Man By Ellen Foster
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In this novel of Geoffrey Chaucer’s England, the year is 1380 and winter is approaching. The Lady Apollonia of Aust is living in Devon while her three younger sons attend Exeter’s... More > cathedral school. Her husband, the franklin Edward Aust, is required to be in London while the Lady works with his steward to manage their family’s expanded investments in Devon’s growing wool trade. Lady Apollonia encounters a mysterious aura of suspicion, hovering amidst the guild members of Exeter whom she meets. Inside the Cathedral Close, she realizes that threats against the dean and chapter have begun to appear in the very chapels of the great church. Lady Apollonia not only seeks to understand the meaning of a green man but also to determine why foliate faces, used to corrupt official pardons of the church, should remain her best clues to discover the truth of a plague of intimidation and death infecting all classes of the city.< Less
Sir Edwin and the Quest for Avalon By R.J. Ward
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A Comedy in 3 acts In the golden age of King Arthur, Edwin, Baron of Glastonbury begins his quest to marry off his sister and become a knight of the glorious court of Camelot. However, when he... More > arrives at Camelot he finds it not-so-glorious and Arthur dead. Edwin decides to do the impossible and find the island of Avalon to bring back what Britian needs most. Along the way he meets an assortment of characters, from Guinivere and Lancelot to Robin Hood and William the Conquer.< Less
Sir Edwin and the Quest for Avalon By R.J. Ward
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A Comedy in 3 acts In the golden age of King Arthur, Edwin, Baron of Glastonbury begins his quest to marry off his sister and become a knight of the glorious court of Camelot. However, when he... More > arrives at Camelot he finds it not-so-glorious and Arthur dead. Edwin decides to do the impossible and find the island of Avalon to bring back what Britian needs most. Along the way he meets an assortment of characters, from Guinivere and Lancelot to Robin Hood and William the Conquer.< Less
Effigy of the Cloven Hoof By Ellen Foster
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The opening pages of this historical mystery novel carry the reader into the midst of a demonic storm raging on the banks of the Severn River in Gloucestershire, England, in the early autumn of the... More > year 1400. Unknown to the household of Lady Apollonia of Aust a tidal bore has surged up the Severn Estuary leaving in its wake a pre-dawn tide of dead lepers. One decapitated body discovered in a tidal pool is revealed to be an ancient adversary of the Lady.< Less