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G.H. suggests that the English novel is indebted to Chaucer’s literary device of throwing together people from assorted social grades to interact. The writer notes that few people read Chaucer for pleasure but if they did master Middle English they…

Victor Hugo’s novel, Notre-Dame de Paris, anglicised to ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ explores a number of themes: the role of religious fanaticism in medieval theology, passion and, for Hugo, old versus new Paris. France’s most famous…