Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is a Middle-English text, which Chaucer was thought to have begun at around 1387. The book is comprised of several smaller tales, as fictional pilgrims in linking “prologue” pieces each take a turn in telling their own story. Thus, the main body of the text follows the structure of a “prologue” which tells us something about one of the fictional pilgrims, followed by that pilgrim’s tale, which generally shows the medieval society of the time through their eyes. Therefore, the structure and themes are varied.

Pilgrims and Tales:

The pilgrims and their tales are listed below:
General Prologue
The Knight’s Tale
The Miller’s Tale
The Reeve’s Tale
The Cook’s Tale
The Man of Law’s Tale
The Wife of Bath’s Tale
The Friar’s Tale
The Summoner’s Tale
The Clerk’s Tale
The Merchant’s Tale
The Squire’s Tale
The Franklin’s Tale
The Physician’s Tale
The Pardoner’s Tale
The Shipman’s Tale
The Prioress’s Tale
The Tale of Sir Thopas
The Tale of Melibee
The Monk’s Tale
The Nun’s Priest’s Tale
The Second Nun’s Tale
The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale
The Manciple’s Tale
The Parson’s Tale
Chaucer’s Retraction