Category Archives: Pers_Chaucer, Geoffrey

Tabard Inn, Borough High Street – Meet the Pilgrims

Above: Drawing titled ‘The Yard of the Tabard Inn on the Morning of the 17th of April, 1387’ (Click image to enlarge to 1024×770). The Pilgrims setting off for a pilgrimage from the Tabard Inn, Borough High Street, is an … Continue reading

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Chaucer’s Pilgrims – The Squire

In Chaucer’s group of 29 pilgrims – who spent the night at the Tabard Inn before setting off for Canterbury in the morning – there was a Knight who had with him his son who is described as a Squire. … Continue reading

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Chaucer’s Pilgrims – The Knight

Although the Prologue to the ‘Canterbury Tales’ is only a small fraction of the entire work, it is in many ways the most interesting. Because the descriptions of the pilgrims are so vivid, they make you feel that you have … Continue reading

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Thomas a Becket Pub

Above: View of the pub today. The present pub, built in 1898, stands on the site that was once beside the stream mentioned in the ‘Canterbury Tales’ by Geoffrey Chaucer. It is closed at the time of writing and sadly, … Continue reading

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Chaucer’s Pilgrims – The Monk

Chaucer lived at a time when almost every town had at least one religious house. This man was described as being a ‘Monk’ and not a ‘Friar’. There is a difference. Monks, in the main, belonged to religious orders which … Continue reading

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Chaucer’s Pilgrims – The Prioress

Some of the pilgrims described by Geoffrey Chaucer, in his ‘Canterbury Tales’, are typical of people you might meet today. Others described in the ‘Tales’ are people you are very unlikely to come across today and one of them is … Continue reading

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Borough High Street Pilgrims

Above: The Georgian buildings of St Christopher’s Inn, Borough High Street, seen at night, along with its yard which is now used to provide extra space for drinkers at the pub. The mention of ‘Southwark’ and ‘pilgrims’ to anyone who … Continue reading

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Tabard Inn, Borough High Street – The Pilgrims

Above: Looking across Borough High Street at dusk. The old yard of the ancient inn extends back from the roadway, just as it did when Geoffrey Chaucer knew it. As Easter approaches we turn our thoughts to the days of … Continue reading

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Chaucer’s Pilgrims – The Miller

Above: A well-known woodcut of the Miller in an early edition of the ‘Canterbury Tales’. He is shown sitting on his horse, playing his bagpipes. The depiction is not quite correct because it fails to show the Miller’s red beard … Continue reading

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Chaucer Pilgrims Mural

Above: The panel showing characters from the ‘Canterbury Tales’. It is one of the panels from the long mural beside Old Kent Road. We don’t know the exact year that Geoffrey Chaucer wrote his famous work – the ‘Canterbury Tales’. It … Continue reading

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