The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales is a collection of over 20 stories written at the end of the 14th century, during the time of the Hundred Years' War. The tales are presented as part of a storytelling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest is a meal at the Tabard Inn in Southwark on their return.
Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 – 25 October 1400) was the first poet to be buried in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey. Chaucer had to be a part of our celebration of our literary heritage, and we hope you visit this BookBench to see a piece of history brought to life.
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