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"The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer" (1913)

 

Illustrated by William Russell Flint

 

 

"The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer" (1913), as published by The Medici Society Limited (London), includes an adaptation of Chaucer's

Middle English collection of stories dating from the 14th Century.

 

The tales, whilst among a number of classic works from Chaucer, are considered his 'magnum opus'.

 

As told by Chaucer, the work is identified as a frame tale - tales told within a tale - in this case, the tales are recounted as part of a story-telling

contest conduced among pilgrims travelling together from Southwark to the Canterbury - for the purposes of undertaking a pilgrimage to the

Shrine of Thomas Becket at the Cathedral.

 

Set within the cultural context of his lifetime, the tales borrow from a popular 14th Century tradition - the 'English Pui' - wherein a group would

gather to tell stories in competition and appoint a leader to judge the winner (the winner would be granted a crown and a free dinner). Through

such mechanisms, Chaucer uses a range of folk - rather than characters from deliberately noble backgrounds - to provide an ironic and critical commentary on the contemporary society and church.

 

Chaucer, himself, achieved considerable recognition during his own lifetime as an author, philosopher, alchemist and astronomer and he was

an active civil servant being, at various times, a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. It is his works as a poet, however, that he is best known for

in modern times and particular, as author of "The Canterbury Tales".

 

As published across 3 volumes in 1913, William Russell Flint's suite of illustrations for "The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer" included 36

colour images presented as tipped-in plates.

 

 

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Cover for a volume from the First Edition of ''The Canterbury Tales'' (1913) illustrated by William Russell Flint

To the left, we show the Cover of one of the volumes comprising the First Edition of

Russell Flint's interpretation of "The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer" published

in 1913 in exceedingly small numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the right, we show the Title Page illustrated by Russell Flint

for ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913).

 

Title Page from the First Edition of ''The Canterbury Tales'' (1913) illustrated by William Russell Flint

         

 

 

Our Greeting Cards and Fine Art Posters showing William Russell Flint's artwork

for the First Edition of "The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer" (1913)

 

 

Greeting Card sample showing a William Russell Flint illustration from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913)

 

Front of Greeting Card

(with envelope)

 

 

For connoisseurs of Russell Flint's work, we have prepared sets of 36 Greeting Cards  (approximately 7x5"

on premium acid-free card stock) displaying colour images from his designs for "The Canterbury Tales of

Geoffrey Chaucer" and on the left and right, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards appear.

 

 

 

 

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Samples showing the tipped-on information to the rear of a Greeting Card regarding the profiled illustration, ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913) and William Russell Flint

 

Rear of Greeting Card

(with envelope)

 

When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in 'hommage' to the hand-crafted approach typical of

prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is hand-finished and the images are presented

on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear of each card carries information about William Russell Flint, this wonderful suite

and the profiled illustration - we have left the interior of the cards blank so that you may write your own personal message.

 

Should you wish to order a reproduction print of one or more of these images, we have provided some options below. Each of our Fine Art

Posters is prepared with archival quality papers and inks - and also accompanied by information about William Russell Flint, this suite and

the profiled illustration.

 

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Multiple purchases will be consolidated by that feature and shipping and handling costs to any destination in the world are accommodated by

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Of course, should you wish to discuss some customised options, we welcome your contact on any matter through email - our address is ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.

 

In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from William Russell Flint which are accompanied by the relevant original text from

the collection edited by the Reverend Walter W Skeat, MA.

Fine Art Poster showing a William Russell Flint illustration from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913)

 

An example of one of our Fine Art Posters

in a superb 12x18" format

     

 

The colour illustrations by William Russell Flint for the First Edition

of "The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer" (1913)

 

 

William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Prologue' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913) William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Knightes Tale' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913) William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Knightes Tale' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913) William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Knightes Tale' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913)  

The Prologue

When that Aprille with his shoures sote

The droghte of Marche hath perced to the rote,

And bathed every vine in swich licour,

Of which vertu engendred is the flour

 

 

The Knightes Tale

He conquered al the regne of Femenye,

That whylom was y-cleped Scithia;

And weddede the queene Ipolita,

And broghte hir hoom with him in his contree,

With muchel glorie and greet solempnitee

 

 

The Knightes Tale

He caste his eye upon Emelya,

And ther-with-al he bleynte, and cried "a!"

As though he stogen were un-to the herte

 

 

The Knightes Tale

And alle cryden, both lasse and more,

"Have mercy, lord, up-on us wommen alle!"

And on hir bare knees adoun they falle,

And wolde have kist his feet ther-as he stood,

Til at the laste aslaked was his mood;

For pitee renneth sone in gentil herte

 

 
 

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William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Milleres Tale' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913) William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Tale of the Man of Lawe' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913) William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Tale of the Man of Lawe' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913)

William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Tale of the Man of Lawe' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913)

 

The Milleres Tale

This Carpenter had wedded newe a wyf

Which that he lovede more than his lyf;

Of eightetene yeer she was of age.

Ialous he was, and heeld hir narwe in cage,

For she was wilde and yong, and he was old

And demed him-self ben lyk a cokewold

 

 

The Tale of the Man of Lawe

To shippe is brought this woeful faire mayde

Solempnely, with every circumstance

 

The Tale of the Man of Lawe

This constable and dame Hermengild his wyf

Were payens, and that country every-where;

But Hermengild lovede hir right as hir lyf

 

The Tale of the Man of Lawe

A vois was herd in general audience,

And seyde, "thou hast desclaundred giltelees

The doghter of holy chirch in hey presence;

Thus hastou doon, and yet holde I my pees".

Of this mervaille agast was al the prees;

As mased folk they stoden everichone,

For drede of wreche, save Custance allone

 

 

 

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William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Prioresses Tale' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913) William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Monkes Tale' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913) William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Monkes Tale' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913) William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Monkes Tale' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913)  

The Prioresses Tale

This child with pitous lamentacioun

Up-taken was, singing his song alway;

And with honour of greet processioun

They carien him un-to the nexte abbay.

His moder swowning by the bere lay;

Unnethe might the peple that was there

This newe Rachel bringe fro his bere

 

 

The Monkes Tale

I wol biwayle in manner of Tragedie

The harm of hem that stode in heigh degree,

And fillen so that ther nas no remedie

To bringe hem out of hir adversitee;

For certein, whan that fortune list to flee,

There may no man the cours of hir withholde;

Lat no man truste on blind prosperitee;

Be war by thise ensamples trewe and olde

 

 

The Monkes Tale

Sampson

Un-to his lemmen Dalida he tolde

That in his heres al his strengthe lay,

And falsely to his fo-men she him solde.

And sleping in hir barme up-on a day

She made to clip or shere his here awey,

And made his fo-men al his craft espyen;

And whan that they him fonde in this array,

They bounde him faste, and putten out his yŽn

 

 

The Monkes Tale

Cenobia (Zenobia)

Allas, fortune! she that whylom was

Dredful to kinges and emperoures,

Now gaureth al the peple on hir, allas!

And she that helmed was in starke stoures,

And wan by force tounes stronge and toures,

Shal on hir heed now were a vitremyte;

And she that bar the ceptre ful of floures

Shal bere a distaf, hir cost for to quyte

 
 

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William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Monkes Tale' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913) William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Phisiciens Tale' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913) William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Pardoners Tale' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913) William Russell Flint - Colour illustration for 'The Prologue of the Wyves Tale of Bath' from ''The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer'' (1913)  

The Monkes Tale

De Oloferno (Holofernes)

But tak kepe the deeth of Olofern;

Amidde his host he dronke lay a night,

With-inne his tente, large as is a bern,

And yit, for al his pompe and al his might,

Iudith, a womman, as he lay upright,

Sleping, his head of smoot, and from his tente

Ful prively she stal from every wight,

And with his heed unto hir toun she wente

 

 

The Phisiciens Tale

"Doghter," quod he, "Virgnia, by thy name,

Ther been two weyes, outher deeth or shame,

That thou must suffre; allas! ..."

The Pardoners Tale

In Flaunders whylom was a companye

Of yonge folk, that haunteden folye,

As ryot, hasard, stewes, and tavernes,

Where-as, with harpes, lutes, and giternes,

They daunce and pleye at dees both day and night

And ete also and drinken over hir might,

Thurgh which they doon the devil sacrifyse

With-in that develes temple, in cursed wyse

 

The Prologue of the Wyves Tale of Bath

I swoor that al my walkinge out by nighte

Was for tespye wenches that he dighte;

Under that colour hadde I many a mirthe

 
 

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