The canterbury tales was, Strohm writes, “one of the volumes around which the new trade would organize itself.”
No poetry was over more human than Chaucer's, none ever came more frankly and genially home to men than his "canterbury tales."
What that society was like is best seen in Chaucer's canterbury tales.
The canterbury tales were read and reread a long time after they were written.
His greatest work, the canterbury tales, is most distinctively English.
One has only to read the opening lines of the Prologue to the canterbury tales to perceive this.
MS. has thilke (as usual in the canterbury tales) and -nesse.'
I know a socialist who maintains that Chaucer's "canterbury tales" give a picture of true democracy.
One might almost take it to be a quotation from the canterbury tales.
What is, then, the characteristic quality or note of the Decameron and the canterbury tales?