The Canterbury Tales. Our first substantive taste of writing in the English language, such as it was. Wonderful, funny, bawdy and morally instructive, even if Chaucer did end up apologizing for his hubris in writing them.
700 years is a long time to wait for a remake, but it’s finally happened! In the spring of 2012, a group of modern-day pilgrims decided to re-create the original journey to Canterbury and record it in words and images. It’s online for our reading and listening pleasure. Will this remake last as long as the original? Only time will tell.
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales 2012 – a multimedia pilgrimage
Inspired by one of the English language’s seminal works, 24 modern-day pilgrims – including two from China and one from Bermuda – braved piercing April ‘shoures’ to undertake a full-scale re-enactment Chaucer’s masterpiece, acting out the tales as they travelled on foot to Canterbury in aid of the National Literacy Trust.
Join Henry Eliot – aka the Host, Harry Bailly – for a dazzling account, featuring pictures, audio and video, of a pilgrimage in the literary footsteps of one of Britain’s greatest poets