This Passing World by Michael B. Herzog audiobook

This Passing World: The Journal of Geoffrey Chaucer

By Michael B. Herzog
Read by Antony Ferguson  and  Ralph Lister

Blackstone Publishing 9780997623468
23.28 Hours Unabridged
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It is 1398, and all of Europe is abuzz about the duel to be fought in September between Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford, and Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, to settle the question of which one has committed treason against King Richard II. But, unexpectedly, Geoffrey Chaucer, courtier and well-known poet, is drawn into the intrigue surrounding the impending duel and compelled to perform an act so heinous that he is shaken to the core. The journal Chaucer begins to describe these events and keeps for the remaining two and a half years of his life chronicles his unlikely rise as the son of a middle-class wine broker to become not only the preeminent poet of his age but the brother-in-law of John of Gaunt, uncle to the king, at times the most powerful man in England and, with his three wives, the ancestor of every ruler of England since the year 1400. This novel provides a fascinating look into life in late fourteenth century England, the women and men Chaucer loves, the intrigues of the Richardian court, and what compels someone who holds some of the most important jobs in the English bureaucracy to spend his nights writing poetry that is still being read and studied six hundred years after his death.

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Summary

Summary

It is 1398, and all of Europe is abuzz about the duel to be fought in September between Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford, and Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, to settle the question of which one has committed treason against King Richard II. But, unexpectedly, Geoffrey Chaucer, courtier and well-known poet, is drawn into the intrigue surrounding the impending duel and compelled to perform an act so heinous that he is shaken to the core.

The journal Chaucer begins to describe these events and keeps for the remaining two and a half years of his life chronicles his unlikely rise as the son of a middle-class wine broker to become not only the preeminent poet of his age but the brother-in-law of John of Gaunt, uncle to the king, at times the most powerful man in England and, with his three wives, the ancestor of every ruler of England since the year 1400.

This novel provides a fascinating look into life in late fourteenth century England, the women and men Chaucer loves, the intrigues of the Richardian court, and what compels someone who holds some of the most important jobs in the English bureaucracy to spend his nights writing poetry that is still being read and studied six hundred years after his death.

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by Odin 2/23/2020
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A unique and entertaining experience

With the able narrations by Ralph Lister and Antony Ferguson, Michael Herzog, a world-renowned scholar has penned an engrossing, richly crafted dramatization of Geoffrey Chaucer’s last years. Herzog’s ability to convey such compelling prose offers any listener and entertainment experience. He expertly renders both the earlier life of Chaucer with the “present” period with skill and respect. Such a good listen. Highly recommended.

Author

Author Bio: Michael B. Herzog

Author Bio: Michael B. Herzog

Michael B. Herzog was born in Romania in the last year of WWII, grew up in post-war Germany, and immigrated to the US at the age of nine. He earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington and spent forty-five years as a professor and administrator at Gonzaga University. A Danforth Fellow, he has won multiple teaching awards, has written scholarly articles as well as two plays based on medieval poems, and served as chief of staff to the president at Gonzaga. Professor Emeritus Herzog is currently working on “completing,” in modern English prose, Chaucer’s unfinished masterwork: The Canterbury Tales.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 23.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English