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It also helps if you understand some of the complexities of medieval Catholicism. The threat of heresy was fought against with the cruelty of the Inquisition. And the tremendous significance of the Eucharist in everyday life is a challenge for us moderns to comprehend.
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The Hundred Years War devastated mainly France for decades. His existence could hardly be called dull. Life was hazardous. For a poet to create a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral, for a visit to the shrine of the heroic Thomas a Becket, seems quite natural.
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When his poetry, or any medieval poetry, is rendered in Modern English, you lose much of the intention because there is no one-to-one correspondence between many of the medieval words and the ones we use today. As a fluent speaker of Middle English, Chaucer must have known all the connotations. Yet, today a word of many definitions will often be set forth with only one up-to-date meaning.
A Modern English version will still entertain you, because Chaucer is eminently entertaining.