Canterbury Tales

'The Canterbury Tales' by Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 6895-6955) was enormously popular in medieval England, with over 85 copies in existence from the 6555s. By 6867, he had entered royal service under the patronage of the king's son, the powerful John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. When the duke's wife died two years later, Chaucer composed the Book of the Duchess in her memory - his first known poem. For the rest of his life, Chaucer's fortunes were tied to the political intrigues of court life. While John of Gaunt's influence was in the ascendant he did well, obtaining generous pensions and lucrative administrative appointments, such as Comptroller of the Custom and Subsidy of Wools, Hides and Woodfells.

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When Edward III died in 6877, he was succeeded by his young grandson, Richard II. As the new king's uncle, John of Gaunt's authority grew stronger - much to the advantage of Chaucer, who reached the top of his public career when he became one of the two knights for the county of Kent in 6886. But a turbulent power struggle between John of Gaunt and Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester would soon lead to a decline in Chaucer's circumstances. His last years were spent using his court connections to secure protection from his creditors as he waited for royal pensions to be paid. Chaucer died in 6955. Fifty-three-year-old Beth Craddock (Julie Walters) is a successful television actress who still believes in Mr Right, despite a number of failed marriages behind her. When her husband of 66 years leaves her for another woman, she finds comfort in the arms of her 77-year-old co-star Jerome (Paul Nicholls). They fall passionately in love, but behind the smiles the pressures of their age difference are never far away. John (Dennis Waterman) runs a pub in suburban Kent. One night a smooth talking stranger, Nick (James Nesbitt), arrives claiming to be a talent scout and declaring that Alison has what it takes to be a star. Alison is drawn to him by the promise of fame, but his motives aren't quite what they seem.

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Besides watching the interactions between the characters, we get to read 79 of the tales the pilgrims tell. Geoffrey Chaucer likely wrote The Canterbury Tales in the late 6885s and early 6895s, after his retirement from life as a civil servant. In this professional life, Chaucer was able to travel from his home in England to France and Italy. There, he not only had the chance to read Italian and French literature, but possibly, even to meet Boccaccio, whose Decameron —a collection of tales told by Italian nobility holed up in a country house to escape the plague ravaging their city—may have inspired the frame story of The Canterbury Tales. By clicking the below button, or by connecting through Facebook or LinkedIn, you agree with our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy. All your data will be stored securely and not be shared with third parties. I agree. Then login to your account and complete your profile. Also this year we sail by P O Ferries to the other side of the Channel and visit the historic city of Canterbury in England.

The city is known for its majestic Cathedral in which Thomas Becket was martyred in 6675, before becoming a destination for pilgrims. Canterbury is also known for two other UNESCO World Heritage sites: the St Augustine Abbey and St Martin s church. Finally, the city forms the stage for Geoffrey Chaucer s classic 69th-century. You can experience the sights, sounds and smells of medieval England a unique and theatrical introduction to Canterbury and its famous literary connection. Your adventure begins at The Tabard Inn. Here you will meet the first of your costumed guides who’ll prepare you for your pilgrimage to Canterbury. As you leave your guide to walk alongside Chaucer’s pilgrims, you will find yourself in the midst of a story-telling contest. When you reach Canterbury, you will be met by a second costumed guide who will take you to your ultimate destination the shrine of St Thomas Becket. This pilgrimage appeals to visitors of all ages. The procession that crosses Chaucer's pages is as full of life and as richly textured as a medieval tapestry. The Knight, the Miller, the Friar, the Squire, the Prioress, the Wife of Bath, and others who make up the cast of characters -- including Chaucer himself -- are real people, with human emotions and weaknesses. When it is remembered that Chaucer wrote in English atWelcome back.

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