The Road to Canterbury

The Road to Canterbury One of a series of top quality fiction for schools this is a collection of retellings of some of Chaucer s stories and character sketches in Canterbury Tales

One of a series of top quality fiction for schools, this is a collection of retellings of some of Chaucer s stories and character sketches in Canterbury Tales.

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The Road to Canterbury

  1. Ian Serraillier was a British novelist and poet He was also appreciated by children for being a storyteller retelling legends from Rome, Greece and England Serraillier was best known for his children s books, especially The Silver Sword 1956 , a wartime adventure story which was adapted for television by the BBC in 1957 and again in 1971.He was born in London, the eldest of four children His father died as a result of the 1918 flu pandemic when he was only six years old He was educated at Brighton College, and took his degree at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and became an English teacher He taught at Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire from 1936 to 1939 at Dudley Grammar School in Worcestershire from 1939 to 1946 and at Midhurst Grammar School in West Sussex from 1946 to 1961 As a Quaker, he was granted conscientious objector status in World War II.In 1946 his first children s novel was published It was followed by several adventure stories of treasure and spies His best known work, The Silver Sword, was published in 1956 and has become a classic, bringing to life the story of four refugee children Three of the children are siblings Ruth, Edek and Bronia Jan is another of the many Warsaw war orphans who somehow had met their father, and then fainted near the bombed out basement which served as home for the siblings, and was taken in by them The four joined together in their search for the siblings parents in the chaos of Europe immediately after the Second World War In the United States the book was published under the title Escape from Warsaw.As well as children s novels and poetry, Serraillier produced his own retellings of classic tales in prose and verse, including Beowulf, Chaucer and Greek myths Together with his wife, Anne Margaret Rogers, he founded the New Windmill Series in 1948, published by Heinemann Educational Books, which set out to provide inexpensive editions of good stories He continued as co editor of the series until the onset of Alzheimer s disease in the early 1990s The illness finally contributed towards his death in November 1994 at the age of 82.

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  1. As with The Enchanted Island , Serraillier attempts to make age old classics accessible and appealing to children or teenagers and those who are not at all accustomed to the tales represented Chaucer s The Canterbury Tales are fundamental to the study of English literature, so Serraillier s purpose in this case is admirable He chose nine tales which I think were an ideal choice 1 Prisoners of War The Knight s Tale , 2 The Cock and the Fox The Nun s Priest s Tale , 3 Patient Griselda The Scholar [...]


  2. This book is a re telling of some of the famous Canterbury Tales My favourite was the Pardoner s tale, the story of Death Three brothers are at an inn one night when they hear that a man has been stabbed in the back by someone called Death They decide to set out to slay him.On their way, they come across a pile of treasure beneath a tree The youngest brother runs to town to collect some food and three bottles of wine, whilst the others plot to murder him When he returns, the youngest brother poi [...]


  3. A simplified version of 9 tales from Chaucer s Canterbury Tales intended for non academic children who may better appreciate real literature with the hard bits removed So,no gristle or stringy tendons herejust the meat turnips of the most entertaining tales modern languagewith fine,if small, wood engravings in medieval style by John Lawrence I remembered my own confrontation with the real Chaucerian tales at A level in 1972 74e set textThe Franklin s Tale I always enjoyed hearing Mr McDowell one [...]


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