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This wonderful book takes all of Chaucer's main characters lives as its main thread and then delves that little further into their daily interactions, decisions and thoughts. Picard places each of Chaucer's ubiqitous characters in the broader context of Medieval England and the Medieval world in general. This allows you to understand their motives, choices and get to grips with the nuances of their characteristics that little bit better... and with a real sense of their histories being brought to life. To add to this, Picard also sets their actions against their contemporaries so we see another side to them which perhaps Chaucer chose not to inform us about as it was too obvious or he decided wasn't worth telling. This adds yet another dimension to the book that makes you want to read Chaucer's work again. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys European Medieval History in general.
If you like a narrative history about the minutia of everyday life you'll love this book; indeed, it is a history which brings its subjects to life through the exploration of 'the normal daily goings-on' that all Medieval people experienced.
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A surprise in every paragraph, bringing history to life. This book taked you on a voyage through medieval times bringing the characters to life.
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