Canterbury and the Shrine of Thomas a Becket


This is a section is about the city of Cantebury, and the shrine of Thomas a Becket, which was the goal of the pilgrim's in Chaucer's collection of stories.
Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury (ancient Durovernum) is a city of Kent, England; on the river Stour; 56 miles E. S. E. of London. It is the metropolitan see of England, being the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is Primate of all England and has precedence immediately after the royal dukes in court ceremonies. The archiepiscopal see or province of Canterbury comprises the dioceses of Canterbury, London, Winchester, Bangor, Bath and Wells, Bristol, Chichester, Ely, Exeter, Gloucester and Bristol, Hereford, Lichfield, Lincoln, Llandaff, Norwich, Oxford, Peterborough, Rochester, St. Albans, St. Asaph, St. Davidís, Salisbury, Southwell, Truro, and Worcester. Canterbury stands in a vale or level space between hills of moderate height.

St. Augustine became the first Archbishop of Canterbury in 597 a. d. About this time the town was the capital of the kingdom of Kent, and was called Caer Cant (i. e. city of Kent). Archbishop Cuthbert built here, about 740 a. d., a church which received numerous additions in succeeding ages. The choir having been destroyed by fire in 1174, it was soon rebuilt by William of Sens. This restored choir is probably one of the oldest parts of the cathedral, which presents a magnificent union of almost every style of Christian architecture. The central tower is 234 feet high, and the total exterior length of the cathedral is 545 feet. Immense numbers of pilgrims came here to worship at the shrine of Thomas a Becket, who was killed in the north transept in 1170.

In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a group of pilgrims representing diverse levels of Medieval English society and occupations is traveling to the shrine of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury. They tell each other stories as part of a friendly competition, with a free meal as its prize, and the stories are collected in the book.









Canterbury Tale Summaries

Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer
Canterbury Tales - The Wife of Bath's Tale
The Wife of Bath's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Miller's Tale
The Miller's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Shipman's Tale
The Shipman's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Knight's Tale
The Knight's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Summoner's tale
The Summoner's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Pardoner's Tale
The Pardoner's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Prioress's Tale
The Prioress's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Cook's Tale
The Cook's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Monk's Tale
The Monk's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Merchant's Tale
The Merchant's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Nun's Priest's Tale
The Nun's Priest's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Franklin's Tale
The Franklin's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Clerk's Tale
The Clerk's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Man of Law's Tale
The Man of Law's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Second Nun's Tale
The Second Nun's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Doctor of Physic's Tale
The Doctor of Physic's Tale
Canterbury Tales - The Manciple
The Manciple
Canterbury Tales - The Squire's Tale
The Squire's Tale


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