Marijane Osborn demonstrates that Chaucer structured the Canterbury Tales after the astrolabe, an Arabic Islamic time-keeping device. Chaucer’s fascination with this device also accounts for the sense of time and astronomy in the Tales.
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About the Author
Marijane Osborn is Professor of English at the University of California at Davis. She is the author of Romancing the Goddess: Three Middle English Romancing about Women as well as coauthor or translator of six other books.