Latest book: The Canterbury Tales

Our new illustrated book THE CANTERBURY TALES by Geoffrey Chaucer, Black Cat Publishing, will be available very soon. We contributed with 12 color illustrations. In advance here's our cover art: Geoffrey Chaucer. His portrait is composed of faces of the characters of the Canterbury Tales. Geoffrey Chaucer (1343 –1400), known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to have been buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey.

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of over 20 stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer. The tales are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest is a free meal at the Tabard Inn at Southwark on their return. Chaucer uses the tales and the descriptions of its characters to paint an ironic and critical portrait of English society at the time, and particularly of the Church. Structurally, the collection resembles The Decameron, which Chaucer may have read during his first diplomatic mission to Italy in 1372.

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