Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Chaucer - the historical context of Richard II (1377-99)

Although this video focuses on the king and less on social history it still conveys a sense of how unsettled people were during the time Chaucer wrote his "Canterbury Tales". You can also get a sense of why Chaucer set out to satirise various types of people in his Tales. (BTW, John of Gaunt, Richard II's uncle, was Chaucer's main source of patronage and protection during this period.)

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