Time and tide wait for no man.
– Geoffrey Chaucer | The Canterbury Tales.
Geoffrey Chaucer wrote ‘The Canterbury Tales’; a collection of 24 stories in a frame story, between 1387 and 1400. In brief, they are the story of a group of thirty people who travel as pilgrims to Canterbury (England).
The tales (mostly written in verse, although some are in prose) are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest is a free meal at the Tabard Inn at Southwark on their return.
‘The Canterbury Tales’ is revered as one of the most important works in English literature and Chaucer is known as the father of English Poetry.
Photo: A boat pictured on the river Stour passing some of the many medieval houses of Canterbury.