20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne

By Jules Verne

Jules Verne's vintage technological know-how fiction tale Twenty Thousand Leagues less than the ocean tells the nice story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus. In 1866 an odd and unknown sea monster is sighted through ships and an ocean liner is attacked. An day trip prepares in long island, to discover and ruin the menacing creature. The 20,000 of the identify refers to an total distance traveled below the ocean, instead of an most unlikely degree of descent.

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Opponents of Richard II, known as the Lords Appel lant, curtail the King舗s authority. Several of the King舗s sup porters, including poet Thomas Usk, are executed. 1389 Richard II appoints Chaucer clerk of the King舗s Works. 1390 Chaucer supervises the building of the scaffolding to be used for the Smithfield jousts. 1394 Richard II awards Chaucer an annuity of ţ20 per year. 1396 John of Gaunt marries his longtime mistress, Katherine Swynford, Philippa Chaucer舗s sister. 139999 Richard II is deposed, and Henry Bolingbroke accedes to the throne as Henry IV.

It follows that a cloud of uncertainty, varying in extent and density, must hang over all critical judgments about the meaning and effect of this radically incomplete, but still quite brilliant, collection of tales within their framing fiction. Analysis The Canterbury Tales as we possess it contains twenty-four tales舒some incomplete舒gathered into ten fragments (at least according to the Ellesmere text), headed by a prologue that establishes the pilgrimage to Canterbury as the occasion for a tale-telling contest, and offers the narrator舗s more or less detailed descriptions of almost all the pilgrims.

The merchant oligarchy that controlled London politics was challenged (successfully for a time) by an alliance of lesser guilds led by John of Northampton. In 1381 there was the Great Rising (formerly known as the Peasants舗 Revolution), a mass and often violent protest by peasants, urban artisans, and minor gentry against the radically unequal distribution of power and resources in English society. In the latter part of the decade, frequent threats of French invasion agitated Londoners. Above all, young King Richard II (Edward III舗s grandson, who had inherited the throne at age eleven) was caught up in power struggles with Parliament and with several of the great barons of the realm.

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