This is a story from the Canterbury Tales I: Modern Verse Translation collection.
Chaucer's greatest work, written towards the end of the fourteenth century, paints a brilliant picture of medieval life, society and values. The stories range from the romantic, courtly idealism of "The Knight's Tale" to the joyous bawdy of the Miller's; all are told with a freshness and vigor in this modern verse translation that make them a delight to hear.
Narrator Clive Merrison's classic storytelling style is perfect for this modern verse adaptation of one of the stories from The Canterbury Tales. It's the Pardoner's turn to entertain his fellow pilgrims, and, after a humorous introduction about sinfulness - and in particular his own moral failings - he tells a moral tale about three ruffians who try to kill Death but whose plans are waylaid by their own greed. Even listeners who have read Geoffrey Chaucer's will have a better appreciation of the rhythms and melody of his words with Merrison's performance. Merrison's apparent relish also makes the experience even more delightful.
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