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Canterbury

Canterbury is the higher rack, but Winchester the better manger. Canterbury is the higher see in rank, but Winchester the one which produces the most money. This was the reply of William Ed…

Canterbury Tales

Chaucer supposed that he was in company with a party of pilgrims going to Canterbury to pay their devotions at the shrine of Thomas à Becket. The party assembled at an inn in Southwark…

Maunciples Tale

A mediæval version of Ovid's tale about Coronis (Met. ii. 543, etc.). Phêbus; had a crow which he taught to speak; it was downy white, and as big as a swan. He had also a wife who…

Friar's Tale

A certain archdeacon had a sumpnour, who acted as his secret spy, to bring before him all offenders. One day as he was riding forth on his business he met the devil disguised as a yeoman, s…

Nonne Prestes Tale

A thrifty widow had a cock, “hight Chaunteclere,” who had his harem; but “damysel Pertilote” was his favourite, who perched beside him at night. Chaunteclere once dr…

Tale

(1 syl.). A tally; a reckoning. In Exod. v. we have tale of bricks. A measure by number, not by weight. An old wife's tale. Any maryellous legendary story. To tell tales out of school. To …

Tales

(2 syl.). Persons in the court from whom the sheriff or his clerk makes selections to supply the place of jurors who have been empanelled, but are not in attendance. It is the first word of…

Tale of a Tub

(The). A ridiculous narrative or tale of fiction. The reference is to Dean Swift's tale so called. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894TalentTale A B C D E F…

Marchaundes Tale

(in Chaucer) is substantially the same as the first Latin metrical tale of Adolfus, and is not unlike a Latin prose tale given in the appendix of T. Wright's edition of Æsop's Fables. …

A Knight's Tale

Director/Writer: Brian Helgeland Columbia Pictures; PG-13; 132 minutes Release: 5/01 Cast: Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Paul Bett…