Three tales from The Canterbury Tales, read in the original Middle English by Richard Bebb under the direction of Britain's foremost Chaucer scholar, Derek Brewer.
"The Pardoner’s Tale" is surely among the more scathing and ironic entries from Geoffrey Chaucer’s eponymous Canterbury Tales. Here, the medieval bard takes on moral and spiritual hypocrisy. Performer Richard Bebb is stunning, his mellifluous Middle English brogue betraying wry warmth and playful humor as he relates this tale of religious hucksterism. To be sure, Chaucer’s language is unlikely to be readily comprehended by the casual listener: indeed, part of Bebb’s appeal lies in his ability to extract emotions and atmospherics from the melodious, if archaic, verse.
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The Pardoner's Tale