external image lydgatepilgrims2.jpgThe Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century (two of them in prose, the rest in verse). The tales, some of which are originals and others not, are contained inside a frame tale and told by a group of pilgrims on their way from Southwark to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The themes of the tales vary, and include topics such as courtly love, treachery, and avarice. The genres also vary, and include romance, Breton lai, sermon, beast fable, and fabliau. The characters, introduced in the General Prologue of the book, tell tales of great cultural relevance. (Wikipedia )
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The Guttenberg Project you can download the etext of the book

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The Canterbury Tales
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"Step back over 500 years to join Geoffrey Chaucer and his colourful characters on their magical pilgrimage from London to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. The Canterbury Tales is one of Kent’s most popular attractions, with a stunning reconstruction of 14th century England set inside the historic building of St. Margaret’s Church. Glimpse Geoffrey Chaucer's story of pilgrims travelling to worship at the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury, told through a series of scenarios set in the 14th century. Along the way, their stories of love, romance, jealousy and trickery are vividly re-created with all the fun and excitement of Chaucer's famous tales. Steeped in the rich history of this medieval city, at The Canterbury Tales you really can visit another world. The Canterbury Tales is a stunningly accurate recreation of medieval life. With new audio guides, it provides an excellent introduction to the City and its famous literary connection.


This was made for a Motion Graphics class at Brown University. The author appropriated illuminated manuscripts from around the internet to create an opening sequence for an imagined film of the Canterbury Tales.


According to the linguistic historian I learned this from, Chaucer's language would've sounded more like a Midlands accent than the modern received standard we now know.

Listen to a modern English version of the Prologue from Listen to Genius :

Narrated by Simon Vance

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