Pilgrims to Canterbury Cathedral
Pilgrims to Canterbury Cathedral
Pilgrims to Canterbury Cathedral, circa 1180. Stained Glass window. Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, UK.

Of Interest : http://canterbury-cathedral.org/history/stained-glass.html

The Canterbury Tales:

"Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343 – 1400) was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. ... best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative The Canterbury Tales. Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular Middle English, rather than French or Latin

... The Canterbury Tales ... a collection of stories told by fictional pilgrims on the road to the cathedral at Canterbury; these tales would help to shape English literature.

… Chaucer drew on real life for his cast of pilgrims: the innkeeper shares the name of a contemporary keeper of an inn in Southwark, and real-life identities for the Wife of Bath, the Merchant, the Man of Law and the Student have been suggested."

Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Chaucer