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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 Canon's Yeoman's Prologue and Tale:
Chaucer introduces two new characters, a Canon and his servant, a Yeoman. The two catch up with the pilgrims and ask the Host to permit them to join the company. The Host asks the Yeoman about the narrating qualities of his master. The Yeoman says his master is a skillful alchemist who knows how to turn base metal into precious metal. The Canon is not amused by the revelation of his Yeoman, gives his horse the spurs and leaves the company leaving his Yeoman too.
The Yeoman decides to tell a tale about the trickery of canons.
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