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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.

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Chaucer and Pilgrimage Powerpoint

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