This is a story from the Canterbury Tales III: Modern Verse Translation collection.
Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, a collection of narratives written between 1387 and 1400, tells of a group of 30 people from all layers of society who pass the time along their pilgrimage to Canterbury by telling stories to one another, their interaction mediated (at times) by the affable host - Chaucer himself. Naxos AudioBooks' third volume presents the tales of six people, here in an unabridged modern verse translation (by Frank Ernest Hill, 1935). This is an ideal way to appreciate the genuinely funny and droll talent of England's early master storyteller. Seven leading British actors bring the medieval world into the 21st century, and at least in terms of character, not much seems to have changed!
This entry in Geofrey Chaucer’s venerated Canterbury Tales serves as a moral allegory concerning the knight Virginius, described as "rich in honor and nobility", and the desperate measures he must resort to to protect his only daughter from ignominy when the fiendish judge Appius orchestrates a nefarious plot to enslave the beautiful young Virginia in this rapturous audiobook superbly performed by Michael Maloney, whose vibrant, soulful performance, particularly his portrayal of the villainous Appius, elevates Chaucer’s lyricism and will leave an indelible impression in the minds of listeners.
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