Chaucer: a European life

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Princeton University Press,
Pub. Date:
[2019]
Language:
English
Description

A groundbreaking biography that recreates the cosmopolitan world in which a wine merchant’s son became one of the most celebrated of all English poets

More than any other canonical English writer, Geoffrey Chaucer lived and worked at the centre of political life—yet his poems are anything but conventional. Edgy, complicated, and often dark, they reflect a conflicted world, and their astonishing diversity and innovative language earned Chaucer renown as the father of English literature. Marion Turner, however, reveals him as a great European writer and thinker. To understand his accomplishment, she reconstructs in unprecedented detail the cosmopolitan world of Chaucer’s adventurous life, focusing on the places and spaces that fired his imagination.

Uncovering important new information about Chaucer’s travels, private life, and the early circulation of his writings, this innovative biography documents a series of vivid episodes, moving from the commercial wharves of London to the frescoed chapels of Florence and the kingdom of Navarre, where Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived side by side. The narrative recounts Chaucer’s experiences as a prisoner of war in France, as a father visiting his daughter’s nunnery, as a member of a chaotic Parliament, and as a diplomat in Milan, where he encountered the writings of Dante and Boccaccio. At the same time, the book offers a comprehensive exploration of Chaucer’s writings, taking the reader to the Troy of Troilus and Criseyde, the gardens of the dream visions, and the peripheries and thresholds of The Canterbury Tales.

By exploring the places Chaucer visited, the buildings he inhabited, the books he read, and the art and objects he saw, this landmark biography tells the extraordinary story of how a wine merchant’s son became the poet of The Canterbury Tales.

More Details
ISBN:
9780691160092
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work IDfb273091-d262-483c-be7e-9d9946d35f3a
Grouping Titlechaucer a european life
Grouping Authorturner marion
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-12-17 14:14:46PM
Last Indexed2020-01-23 04:39:57AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorTurner, Marion, 1976-
author_displayTurner, Marion
available_at_arlingtonColumbia Pike
collection_arlingtonNew Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlingtonColumbia Pike New Nonfiction
display_descriptionMore than any other canonical English writer, Geoffrey Chaucer lived and worked at the centre of political life--yet his poems are anything but conventional. Edgy, complicated, and often dark, they reflect a conflicted world, and their astonishing diversity and innovative language earned Chaucer renown as the father of English literature. Marion Turner, however, reveals him as a great European writer and thinker. To understand his accomplishment, she reconstructs in unprecedented detail the cosmopolitan world of Chaucer's adventurous life, focusing on the places and spaces that fired his imagination. Uncovering important new information about Chaucer's travels, private life, and the early circulation of his writings, this innovative biography documents a series of vivid episodes, moving from the commercial wharves of London to the frescoed chapels of Florence and the kingdom of Navarre, where Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived side by side. The narrative recounts Chaucer's experiences as a prisoner of war in France, as a father visiting his daughter's nunnery, as a member of a chaotic Parliament, and as a diplomat in Milan, where he encountered the writings of Dante and Boccaccio. At the same time, the book offers a comprehensive exploration of Chaucer's writings, taking the reader to the Troy of Troilus and Criseyde, the gardens of the dream visions, and the peripheries and thresholds of The Canterbury Tales. By exploring the places Chaucer visited, the buildings he inhabited, the books he read, and the art and objects he saw, this landmark biography tells the extraordinary story of how a wine merchant's son became the poet of The Canterbury Tales.
format_arlingtonBook
format_category_arlingtonBooks
idfb273091-d262-483c-be7e-9d9946d35f3a
isbn9780691160092
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b20666238.i22467919Columbia Pike New Nonfiction821 CHAUCER TURNE1falsefalseOn ShelfDec 17, 2019oann
itype_arlingtonHardback
last_indexed2020-01-23T09:39:57.345Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington821 CHAUCER TURNE
local_time_since_added_arlingtonYear
owning_library_arlingtonArlington Public Library
Aurora Hills
Central
Cherrydale
Columbia Pike
Connection Crystal City
Detention Center
Glencarlyn
Local History
Plaza
Shirlington
Westover
owning_location_arlingtonColumbia Pike
primary_isbn9780691160092
publishDate2019
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b20666238BookBooksEnglishPrinceton University Press, [2019]xvi, 599 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_arlington
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b20666238.i22467919On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
subject_facetChaucer, Geoffrey, -- -1400
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -- -1400 -- Homes and haunts
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -- -1400 -- Travel
Poets, English -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- Biography
title_displayChaucer : a European life
title_fullChaucer : a European life / Marion Turner
title_shortChaucer
title_suba European life