Leader Patricia Richardson
Meetings 1st Wednesday of the month 10.30am to 12 noon
The House of Fame
We have set aside the Canterbury Tales, having finally completed our pilgrimage. As a complete change we are now tackling one of Chaucer's earlier works, The House of Fame, which we are reading in the original Middle English.
The House of Fame consists of three books/poems and takes the form of a dream vision, with Chaucer the dreamer. The first dream deals with Dido and Aeneas plus other women in mythology betrayed by their lovers. In the second book, Chaucer is carried by an eagle up to the heavens towards the house of the goddess Fame; he is encouraged to look beyond love poetry and consider wider issues including truth and fake news. It may have been written over 600 years ago, but it's still pretty relevant.
We shall no doubt reach the House of Fame in the third book - but, like the journey to Canterbury, it may take some time!