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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Squire's Tale
Modern english adjacent to middle english

About The Canterbury Tales:
Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories in a frame story, between 1387 and 1400. It is the story of a group of thirty people who travel as pilgrims to Canterbury (England). The pilgrims, who come from all layers of society, tell stories to each other to kill time while they travel to Canterbury. He never finished his enormous project and even the completed tales were not finally revised. Scholars are uncertain about the order of the tales. As the printing press had yet to be invented when Chaucer wrote his works, The Canterbury Tales has been passed down in several handwritten manuscripts.


About The Squire's Introduction and Tale:
The Squire's tale is about a royal family. The father, king Cambyuskan, receives a knight in his royal hall during a feast, who gives him certain magical presents. One of the presents is a ring that gives the bearer the power to communicate with birds and the knowledge of the healing powers of every herb in the wood. The king's daughter Canace bears the ring when she walks through the park and rescues a female falcon who has wounded itself. The falcon says that her husband, a male falcon, has been unfaithful to her and has treated her really badly. Canace nurses the falcon with herbs from the wood and takes the falcon home. The other magical presents are a war-horse, a mirror and a sword. The Squire's tale is not finished and looks loosely structured. Several plotlines are announced and preluded, but not further elaborated.

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