In 1366, a young Geoffrey Chaucer travels to Canterbury with a group of pilgrims to worship at the tomb of Thomas a’ Beckett. Along the way, the procession is halted with a kidnapping and murder. Chaucer, along with other members of the trip, must come to the rescue of the kidnapped victim. This experience will influence Chaucer to write his masterpiece twenty years later.
Incident on the Road to Canterbury reads like a prequel to Chaucer’s work. Those familiar with The Canterbury Tales will be familiar with many of the characters. For those not familiar with Chaucer’s work, they will be introduced to some of literature’s most famous characters.
It is a novel of rich characters, strong dialogue, and plenty of action.