The Canterbury Tales

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The Canterbury Tales (14th century) 
by Geoffrey Chaucer
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales presented in the original Middle English version.

They are a collection of stories written at the end of the 14th century; given mostly in verse, (although a number of them are in prose) they are told as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims during their travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.
The first version of the tales to be published in print is William Caxton's 1478 print edition.


This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.