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Chaucer and Pilgrimage Powerpoint


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Powerpoint used to explain a bit about Chaucer and pilgrimages during the time of Canterbury Tales.

Powerpoint used to explain a bit about Chaucer and pilgrimages during the time of Canterbury Tales.

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  • 1. Geoffrey Chaucer and the Pilgrimage
  • 2. Chaucer’s Life
    • Born 1340-45 to prosperous London wine-merchant family
    • Works in households of nobility, eventually the king’s
    • Fights in France
    • Travels on diplomatic missions to Spain and Italy
    • Series of civil service jobs
    • Moves to Kent ca. 1385, serves as Justice of the Peace and Member of Parliament
    • Dies 1400
      • Buried in Westminster Abbey
  • 3. Chaucer’s Life Continued
    • Remember the video explained that Chaucer received much of his material for The Canterbury Tales from his experiences working with nobility
  • 4. Chaucer and the Vernacular
    • What is the vernacular?
      • The language of the common people
      • Wanted anyone to be able to read it
      • Not many people in this time can read
    • Influence by Dante
      • The Divine Comedy
        • Written in Italian not Latin
    • Thus The Canterbury Tales were written in Middle English, not French or Latin
    • Also important to note that the printing press does not exist yet!
  • 5. So What is a Pilgrimage?
    • “A Pilgrimage is a journey to a holy place or shrine undertaken as a spiritual quest to obtain supernatural help or as a form of penance for sins.”
    • This is the theme for The Canterbury Tales
      • In the story, the characters travel to Canterbury Cathedral on a pilgrimage
  • 6.  
  • 7. Pilgrimage Cont.
    • Pilgrimages were usually for seeing holy relics or places of significant, religious miracles or tragedy
      • Examples?
      • Sometimes they were fake relics!
    • Pilgrimages would also include things like the Crusades
      • A war pilgrimage
  • 8.  
  • 9. On the Pilgrimage
    • Along the pilgrimage often times the people would stop for the night to rest
      • This became a way for them to unwind
        • Basically EAT, DRINK, and BE MERRY!
      • This doesn’t mean that the whole thing was a 24/7 party!
      • This idea becomes the basis for CT stories
  • 10.  
  • 11. Why Canterbury?!
    • Canterbury was the site of St. Thomas a’ Becket’s murder in 1170
      • Considered a place of spiritual importance
    • Many people could never make a pilgrimage all the way to the Holy Land