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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Tale of Sir Thopas
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 Prologue and Tale of Sir Thopas:
The Host asks Chaucer, who is one of the pilgrims on the way to Canterbury, to tell the next tale. Chaucer tells a story about a knight called Sir Thopas who wishes to love a fairy queen. Sir Thopas rides to fairyland on horseback, but finds the entrance blocked by a three-headed giant called Sir Oliphant who challenges Sir Thopas to fight. Sir Thopas returns home to get his gear and rides out again. Chaucer is interrupted by the Host, who is tired of Chaucer's low poetical qualities. The Host suggests that Chaucer should tell a story in prose to avoid more tiresome poetry. Chaucer announces a moral tale in prose.

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