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Chaucer’s Pilgrims – The Woman of Bath

Among the 29 pilgrims that set off from the Tabard Inn to visit Canterbury in Chaucer’s ‘Prologue, were just a few women – a Prioress, another Nun and a lady described as ‘A Woman of Bath’. All the others were … Continue reading

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Tabard Inn, Borough High Street – The Host

Above: Print showing how the Tabard looked in the 15th century. In the ‘Prologue’ to the ‘Canterbury Tales’ written by Geoffrey Chaucer, the account tells us that he was among a group of pilgrims who met at the Tabard Inn. … Continue reading

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Chaucer, Geoffrey (Background Page)

Geoffrey Chaucer’s life is an interesting one, not only because he was a poet and wrote the now famous ‘Canterbury Tales’ but also because he lived at an interesting time in history and because we know so much about him. … Continue reading

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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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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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