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Geoffrey Chaucer

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Author(s): Schildgen, Brenda
Biography In a ‘Ballade’ addressed to Geoffrey Chaucer, the French poet, Eustache Deschamps, his contemporary, calls him a ‘grant translateur’. Deschamps explains what this term might mean by referring to the classical authors,Virgil and Ovid, for example, and the French Roman de la rose, which Chaucer has ‘translated’ into English (1360s). To confer on him the role of translatio studii of the ancient Romans and the contemporary French only slightly addresses Chaucer’s many allusions, borrowings, and general indebtedness to the matter of Rome, the matter of Britain, French 13th-cen…

 The Man of Law's tale

(828 words)

Author(s): Schildgen, Brenda
- Geoffrey Chaucer Date: 1390s Original Language: Middle English Description The Man of Law’s tale, based on Nicholas Trevet’s Anglo-Norman chronicle, incorporates many Islamic elements. Until recently, the contrast between Islam and Christianity that undergirds the first half of the story has been overlooked. (The second half deals with the conversion of Britain.) The Man of Law tells a story of a marriage arranged between a Roman Christian daughter of the emperor, Constance, and a Sultan of Syria, who, havi…