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happy? - Oct 25 (Geoffrey Chaucer)

Abby Sale 25 Oct 05 - 09:46 AM
Paul Burke 25 Oct 05 - 11:27 AM
Peace 25 Oct 05 - 02:26 PM
Helen 25 Oct 05 - 05:44 PM
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Subject: happy? - Oct 25 (Geoffrey Chaucer)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 25 Oct 05 - 09:46 AM

Folk tale teller
(and renderer from the Italian),

Geoffrey Chaucer

died 10/25/1400 at about age 60

Before dying he recorded full details of events still commonly related in Ireland today. As happens, the story was turned to song several times throughout the British Isles and more recently in Ireland (perhaps by Cathal McGarvey 1866-1927). This last was collected from tradition as late as 1952:

One fine sunny evening last summer,
I was strolling through Contae na Mí (County Meath) [Tabor: straying along by the sea
When a pair of queer playboys a'loping                      [DigTrad: through Carhirciveen
      before me I happened to see.                   [DT: of quare playboys collogin'
Now to see what these boyos where up to                      [Tabor: quare playboys a-roving
      a trifle I hastened my walk
And by God I soon learned their profession          [DT: begor
      when I got within range of their talk.                  [Tabor: For I thought I could learn

        "The Devil and Bailiff McGlynn"

Copyright © 2005, Abby Sale - all rights reserved
What are Happy's all about?    See Notes and Index

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Subject: RE: happy? - Oct 25 (Geoffrey Chaucer)
From: Paul Burke
Date: 25 Oct 05 - 11:27 AM

At least Terry Jones- he of Monty Python- believes that Chaucer was murdered as a political opponent of the newly installed king Henry IV and perhaps as a heretic. And perhaps because keeping him alive would have meant paying his pension.

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Subject: RE: happy? - Oct 25 (Geoffrey Chaucer)
From: Peace
Date: 25 Oct 05 - 02:26 PM

He is indeed the man.

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Subject: RE: happy? - Oct 25 (Geoffrey Chaucer)
From: Helen
Date: 25 Oct 05 - 05:44 PM

If you want a treat, watch the recent BBC television series, available on DVD, of the modern retelling of some of the Canterbury Tales.

I studied Chaucer for 3 years at Uni. I love his writing and his wicked wit. If I had a time machine I would like to
hear him tell the stories in person.


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