A long-concealed riddle
is brought to light

Chaucer's Pilgrims: the Allegory

“Any[one] studying the Canterbury Tales will find this a fun examination of Chaucer, providing a fresh new look at Chaucer’s intentions and the scholarly debated about his works. This reveals the allegorical meaning of his full cast of pilgrims, from their relationships to their nocturnal wanderings. A ‘must’ for serious readers of Chaucer.”
      —The Bookwatch, December 2000

“Cullen interprets the pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales as representing the zodiac . . . She writes well, making difficult ideas accessible to beginners and sharing her excitement about Chaucer studies. . . . Cullen’s is a thought-provoking addition to literature on this well-studied classic.”
      —Library Journal, September 15, 2000

“Who could have known how amazing and far-reaching the pilgrim adventure would be when it started.
. . .
I’ve found the answers to my original questions—and much more. I’ve traveled so many by-ways, followed so many of the poet’s clues in search of treasure. Some clues continue to elude sleuthing. But many turned out to be pure gold. How exciting! I hope you’ve shared some of the excitement.
Those with greater depth of medieval knowledge would have conducted the search differently, I know. But they wouldn’t have had more passion for the task.”
      —excerpts from Closure, Chaucer’s Pilgrims: the Allegory

424 pages, paperback, $16.95
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