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The General Prologue by Geoffrey Chaucer:

A Critical Introduction


Ray Moore M.A.


Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2013 Ray Moore

ISBN 13 01626021

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To all of the students who sat in my classes over a period of thirty-eight years with gratitude for everything that they taught me.


A note on illustrations:

Except for the map on page 29, which is used by kind permission of the copyright holder, all images used in this book are (to the best of my knowledge) public domain and therefore non-copyright. If I am in error, please contact me by email:

Page 7: The Pilgrims at the Tabard Inn reprinted from William Caxton’s second edition of The Canterbury Tales, (1483). Source: Wikipedia.

Page 16: Geoffrey Chaucer reprinted from Historic Byways and Highways of Old England (1900) by William Andrews. Source:

Page 29: The map “London in 1381” is used by permission of John Simkin.

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