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Brewer's: Canterbury Tales

Chaucer supposed that he was in company with a party of pilgrims going to Canterbury to pay their devotions at the shrine of Thomas à Becket. The party assembled at an inn in Southwark,…

Gamelyn, The Tale of

(Encyclopedia) Gamelyn, The Tale of gm´ln, a romance in verse, written c.1350, containing about 900 lines. It tells of the tribulations of a young man abused by his older brothers. The tale…

Brewer's: Canterbury

Canterbury is the higher rack, but Winchester the better manger. Canterbury is the higher see in rank, but Winchester the one which produces the most money. This was the reply of William…

Tabard Inn

(Encyclopedia) Tabard Inn tb´rd, in Southwark borough, Greater London, England. The inn, demolished in the 19th cent., was mentioned by Geoffrey Chaucer in the Prologue of the Canterbury Tales as…

Tyrwhitt, Thomas

(Encyclopedia) Tyrwhitt, Thomas tr´t, 1730–86, English scholar. He was noted for his studies of Shakespeare (1766) and for his edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (5 vol., 1775–78). Tyrwhitt…

Canterbury

(Encyclopedia) Canterbury, city (1991 pop. 34,046) and district, Kent, SE England, on the Stour River. Tourism, services, and retail are the city's main industries. There is also some light…

Cecilia, Saint

(Encyclopedia) Cecilia, Saint ssl´y, –sl–, 2d or 3d cent., Roman virgin martyr. An ancient and famous account of her life is factually valueless. As patron of music, she is represented at the…

fabliau

(Encyclopedia) fabliau, plural fabliauxboth: fäbl´, short comic, often bawdy tale in verse that deals realistically and satirically with middle-class or lower-class characters. Fabliaux were often…

Kent

(Encyclopedia) Kent, county (1991 pop. 1,485,600), 1,525 sq mi (3,950 sq km), SE England. It lies between the Thames estuary and the Strait of Dover. The county town is Maidstone, and the county is…