The Lives & Times of the Canterbury
The pilgrims in Chaucer's Canterbury
Tales are extremely well-known
figures in literature, nearly as much so as the often studied and
characters of Shakespeare's plays. This is due, in part, to the
importance of Squire Geoffrey's most famous work, but even more so to
fact that in his writings Chaucer tells us so much about these
travelers. The perfect, genteel Knight, the stout Miller, the
Franklin, and all the other pilgrims are introduced with such clarity
vivid descriptions that the reader is quick to feel that these people
alive and real. We know how they looked, how they dressed, what they
for a living, what made them happy or sad, how they wore their hair,
even what kind of horses they rode. We can easily picture the Prioress
feeding her dogs in the convent, or the Wife of Bath having a good time
brow-beating one of her husbands. In the pilgrims are traits that all
us recognize in ourselves or someone else, at one time or another. But,
though he gives us details of the pilgrims themselves, there is much
does not tell us about. If the characters of Canterbury Tales
actually existed, what would their lives and this pilgrimage have been
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