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The Wife of Bath

By Vera Chapman

The daughter of a West-Country miller, Alison – Chaucer’s Wife of Bath – outlives five husbands before making her famous pilgrimage to Canterbury.

Throughout a much-travelled and varied life the man she holds most dear to her heart is not one of her five husbands but a childhood sweetheart, Gilbert.

When widowed for the fifth time she travels to Canterbury in the hope of curing her deafness, and discovers two childhood friends among her travelling companions, the Prioress and Gilbert.

The Wife of Bath is the story of her life, from the time of her first meeting with Gilbert to her narration of her infamous story to Chaucer during her pilgrimage to Canterbury.

Funny, clever and charming, it puts an fascinating new spin spin on a classic tale.

‘A brilliant recreation of one of English literature’s classic characters’ – Robert Foster, best-selling author of ‘The Lunar Code’.

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