[PDF / Epub] ★ Chaucer: A European Life ✪ Marion Turner – Heartforum.co.uk A groundbreaking biography that recreates the cosmopolitan world in which a wine merchant s son became one of the most celebrated of all English poetsMore than any other canonical English writer Geoff A groundbreaking biography that recreates the cosmopolitan world in which a wine merchant s son became Chaucer: A MOBI :Ä one of the most celebrated of all English poetsMore 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 imaginationUncovering 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 TalesBy 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.
Marion Turner is associate professor of English at Jesus College University of Oxford.
- 624 pages
- Chaucer: A European Life
- Marion Turner
- 09 October 2016 Marion Turner