Posts Tagged ‘canterbury cathedral’

Little Known Facts about Geoffrey Chaucer

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Geoffrey Chaucer, author of the Canterbury Tales, is best known for writing his works in vernacular English, rather than French or Latin, the languages used for most literary writing in the 1300s. Book lovers across the English-speaking world have Chaucer to thank for the widespread availability of all manner of literature in our native English. Here are a few things you might not know about Chaucer:

Canterbury Cathedral, destination of Chaucer's Pilgrims

Canterbury Cathedral, destination of Chaucer’s Pilgrims

1) Chaucer had at least nine other major works besides the Canterbury Tales, and wrote a number of short poems as well.

2) There’s a crater on the far side of the moon named for Chaucer.

3) Chaucer had a part-time government job collecting scrap metal for reuse and also worked as a diplomat.

4) He was a POW during the Hundred Years’ War, captured by France and later released after ransom was paid.

5) Though Chaucer died in 1400, more than 600 years ago, he has more than 2,100 fans on Facebook.

Chaucer’s most famous work, the Canterbury Tales, is a fictional collection of stories told by pilgrims traveling to the Shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. Explore Canterbury for yourself and enjoy the magic of celebrating the holidays the traditional English ways on our Christmas in Canterbury tour.

What books are you reading now? Please share.

Photo: Don’t Stay Home for Christmas…

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

…spend it in Canterbury with us instead. The ancient cathedral city of Canterbury, England, really comes to life at the holidays. Explore the medieval city known to Chaucer’s pilgrims and join today’s pilgrims in town to celebrate the holidays. Experience the cathedral during the festivities of Christmas, attending the traditional services, including the Christmas Day service presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury. In the frost-covered landscape of Kent, visit Rochester, once home to Charles Dickens, and Leeds Castle, one of the loveliest castles in England.

12th-century stained glass adorns the Canterbury Cathedral

Now is a great time to find your red scarf, your mistletoe, and your wassail and make plans to get out there! Click for our holiday tours.