Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale is one the darkest of the Canterbury Tales.

This lecture examines the sources of that darkness by exploring the role that descriptions and fortuitous accidents play in the story. It argues that both Chaucer’s plot and his many wonderful descriptions work together to highlight the impact of the unforeseen and the unpredictable on human lives.

The lecture will also give listeners the opportunity to hear Chaucer’s poetry in the original language. Chaucer’s fine control of rhyme and rhythm becomes apparent if we encounter his poetry as contemporary audiences would have done, in the living language of speech.

Ad Putter is Professor of Middle English at the University of Bristol and editor of the Works of the Gawain Poet (Penguin).

This event will take place in College Hall. Tickets cost £8 and booking is essential via the Cathedral Library by calling 01432 374 225/6 or emailing [email protected]