Printed page from Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales': 1476
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This paper leaf comes from William Caxton's edition of Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' printed at Westminster in 1476. The typeface is modelled on a contemporary style of handwritting and the leaf covers a section of the Clerk's Tale of 'Griselda', lines 867ff beginning: "And here ayeen my clothing I restore | And eke my weddyng ryng for euermore..." and on the verso: "Towards her fadris hous is she fare | The folk her folowyn wepyng in her wey...". Caxton and his fellow printers were keen to print the works of the great medieval English poets, and Chaucer was held in great regard.
1476 AD - 1476 AD