Walking to Canterbury: A Modern Journey Through Chaucer's Medieval England

Walking to Canterbury: A Modern Journey Through Chaucer's Medieval England

by Jerry Ellis

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Walking to Canterbury: A Modern Journey Through Chaucer's Medieval England by Jerry Ellis

More than six hundred years ago, the Archbishop of Canterbury was murdered by King Henry II’s knights. Before the Archbishop’s blood dried on the Cathedral floor, the miracles began. The number of pilgrims visiting his shrine in the Middle Ages was so massive that the stone floor wore thin where they knelt to pray. They came seeking healing, penance, or a sign from God. Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, one of the greatest, most enduring works of English literature, is a bigger-than-life drama based on the experience of the medieval pilgrim. Power, politics, friendship, betrayal, martyrdom, miracles, and stories all had a place on the sixty mile path from London to Canterbury, known as the Pilgrim’s Way.

Walking to Canterbury is Jerry Ellis’s moving and fascinating account of his own modern pilgrimage along that famous path. Filled with incredible details about medieval life, Ellis’s tale strikingly juxtaposes the contemporary world he passes through on his long hike with the history that peeks out from behind an ancient stone wall or a church. Carrying everything he needs on his back, Ellis stops at pubs and taverns for food and shelter and trades tales with the truly captivating people he meets along the way, just as the pilgrims from the twelfth century would have done. Embarking on a journey that is spiritual and historical, Ellis reveals the wonders of an ancient trek through modern England toward the ultimate goal: enlightenment.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307417664
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

In 1989, Jerry Ellis became the first person in modern history to walk the 900-mile route of the Cherokee Trail of Tears. He wrote about that journey in his book Walking the Trail. He is also the author of Marching Through Georgia and Bareback! A graduate of the University of Alabama, Ellis has had four plays produced and has written for The New York Times. He lives in Alabama.

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