Canterbury Tales is an incredibly inventive exhibition. Peopled
with characters from Chaucer - a 14th century writer - represented
in situations full of romanticism and humour, it remains historically
accurate. Each Tale is told in modern English and in French. A
commentary intended for children is also available in English
begins with a visit to the Tabard inn in London, where visitors
accompany the pilgrims to the stables. Next, a walk in Southwark
Street where the first tale begins. The Knight, who has drawn
the short straw is waiting to tell a story of rivalry in love
which finishes in a very strange way. After the Knight, it is
the Millers turn.
one of Chaucers favourite characters, the Wife of Bath.
Her story is the same as that of one of King Arthurs knights
who was given a year to find the answer to the riddle, "what
does a woman want most?". The visitor, drawn into the game
in a typically British way, is invited to find the answer and
to use it to escape a most undesirable fate!
At the end of
the journey, the pilgrims sleep at the "Chequer of Hope Inn".
Visitors also experience the bustle and noise of a Medieval market
place where the stallholders go about their not always altogether
As you can see,
the site is lively and will appeal to groups in the 11-15 age
group, as well as adults who like realistic re-enactments.