Well let’s start with the disclaimer. While we know that Geoffrey Chaucer is considered to be the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, and is best known for The Canterbury Tales, Many of us have not actually read the tales.
Here is section from the General Prologue, the first part of the tales
To telle yow al the condicioun,
Of ech of hem, so as it semed me,
And whiche they weren, and of what degree,
And eek in what array that they were inne,
And at a knyght than wol I first bigynne.
Certainly it’s brilliant, but there are many lame among us that need to wait for the movie instead.
Canterbury is not only famous for the Tales, it’s currently a major tourist center, and for good reason as it still contains many ancient half-timber buildings and a fantastic medieval town center.
There is a lot of history related to the Canterbury Cathedral founded in 597. Although many sections had to be rebuilt over the years, it is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and forms part of the World Heritage Site. Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the transept, based on perhaps a bit of a misunderstanding on what King Henry II actually meant by the words “Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?”.
Canterbury Cathedral is still the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, “Primate of All England”, spiritual leader and senior clergyman of the Church of England.
And for the micro-brew lover, new history is now being made at The Foundry Brewpub. Originally the building housed a Victorian foundry, producing cast metal items, but now it houses an excellent micro-brewery. While we were their, we purchased an Oak Aged Wee Heavy which came home and was the best beer opened in the agency over the Christmas holiday.