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The Canterbury Tales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written 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 à Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The Canterbury Tales are written in Middle English.

In the City of Canterbury there is a Museum about The Canterbury Tales, called "The Canterbury Tales". It is on St Margaret's Street. 

It is sometimes argued that the greatest contribution that this work made to English literature was in popularising the literary use of the vernacular language, English (rather than French or Latin). However, several of Chaucer's contemporaries John Gower, William Langland, and the Pearl Poet also wrote major literary works in English, making it unclear how much Chaucer was responsible for starting a trend rather than simply being part of it.

To listen to a reading of the Canterbury Tales Prologue in Middle English, click here.

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