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A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde by poet and writer Lavinia Greenlaw.

One of the great works of English literature, this powerful, compelling story explores love from its first tentative beginnings through to passionate sensuality and eventual tragic disillusionment. Lavinia Greenlaw's new version for radio brings Chaucer's language up-to-date for a modern audience while remaining true to his original poetic intention.

After seeing the beautiful widow Criseyde at the temple in Troy, Troilus falls instantly in love with her. Inexperienced in love, he is unable to act on his feelings and locks himself in his room to compose love songs. Criseyde's Uncle Pandarus becomes the matchmaker for the couple, but what will happen when Criseyde is handed over to the Greeks at the gates of Troy to join her 'traitor' father?

The cast includes Tom Ferguson as Troilus, Maxine Peake as Criseyde and Malcolm Raeburn as Pandarus. Also starring Kathryn Hunt, Kevin Doyle, Terence Mann and Declan Wilson. Directed by Susan Roberts.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Katie | 3/23/2011

    " I read it in a class after Dante, and next to The Divine Comedy, it just doesn't compare. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kristi | 7/9/2010

    " This story is not quite as annoying as Romeo and Juliet, but it is along the same vein. Foolish young love takes a turn for the worse, and the reader is dragged along for the 200-page ride only to meet the inevitable. I did not like Shakespeare's version any better, but at least his was shorter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joanna | 4/9/2010

    " Dear Everyone: STOP CRYING. OH MY GOD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew | 3/26/2010

    " Chaucer's fundamental understanding of people and how the human mind works on a day-to-day basis really, really comes through in this piece as he applies his talents to this old Roman story. One of the best, and most ridiculous love stories I've ever read. "

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Author Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343–1400), English poet, was the son of a London vintner. He was married and held a number of positions at court and in the king’s service, including diplomat, controller of customs in the port of London, and deputy forester in the King’s Forest in Somerset. He was buried in the Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey where a monument was erected to him in 1555.