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Telling Tales About Canterbury
Telling Tales About Canterbury
How those tall stories of pig's bones and gospel heroes contain more than a hint of reality.

John Wycliffe was a friend of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer, who was one of Wycliffe’s students at Canterbury Hall, Oxford, in 1367. Chaucer wrote his famous ‘Canterbury Tales’ in the same Middle English dialect as Wycliffe used in his Bible translation, and together these two men had a great influence on the development of the English language.

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of 24 stories (written mainly in verse) that runs to over 17,000 lines. The tales are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.

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October - December 2019