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The “General Prologue” that opens The Canterbury Tales

This lesson will focus on four of the more than 30 characters who join the religious pilgrimage described in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, written in the late 1300s.

Chaucer introduces the pilgrims in the “General Prologue” that opens the book. Then the characters take turns telling stories to entertain themselves on the voyage from London to Canterbury and back.