Enter! Canterbury Tales (Line 285)

Hello Everyone! 😄

Not Mine 😄

Not Mine 😄

Today we will be starting with the Prologue of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales”.

Whan that Aprille with his shoures sote

The droughte of Marche hath perced to the rote

“Uh oh!  I’m sure I received an English copy of the book” was my initial reaction to the middle English, but simply reading this text aloud reveals:

When that April with his showers soaked,

The drought of March has pierced to the rote.

Not so bad!  The prologue of this work is used to introduce us to all the characters who will be traveling on the pilgrimage to Canterbury.  There are some interesting characters, and I can’t wait to read all of their individual tales!

By the above quote, we know that this story takes place in (or at least starts in) the springtime, somewhere around April.  The story also mentions in the first few lines how Canterbury was a very popular place to go to for pilgrimages, so it is likely that we will see even more characters than are described in the prologue.   Who knows:  We may run into some travelers who are lost, or crooks trying to rob our main cast; if none of the cast rob the rest that is.

I hope we all enjoy this new book!

-Paulie

 

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