Tale of Gamelyn

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A verse romance of the mid‐14th cent. from the East Midlands, in 902 lines of long couplets. It is found in a number of manuscripts of The Canterbury Tales, usually assigned to the Cook, and Chaucer possibly intended to write a version of it for use as the Cook's tale.

The story, which recounts Gamelyn's flight to the forest and attempts to recover his stolen birthright, has affinities with Shakespeare's As You Like It and with the legends of Robin Hood.

Subjects: Literature.

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