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The Digital Pilgrims

A fusion of Chaucer's medieval world of The Canterbury Tales and today's digital world. The characters are introduced, sometimes almost the same, sometimes quite different. Includes a wonderful reading in Middle English by Kristen Hughes of the ‘Prologue to the Canterbury Tales’, lines 1-18. (Librivox, public domain: https://archive.org/details/canterbury_prologue_librivox). This is the Project Gutenberg transcription of those lines:

WHEN that Aprilis, with his showers swoot*, *sweet

The drought of March hath pierced to the root,

And bathed every vein in such licour,

Of which virtue engender'd is the flower;

When Zephyrus eke with his swoote breath

Inspired hath in every holt* and heath *grove, forest

The tender croppes* and the younge sun *twigs, boughs

Hath in the Ram his halfe course y-run,

And smalle fowles make melody,

That sleepen all the night with open eye,

(So pricketh them nature in their corages*); *hearts, inclinations

Then longe folk to go on pilgrimages,

And palmers for to seeke strange strands,

To *ferne hallows couth* in sundry lands; *distant saints known*

And specially, from every shire's end

Of Engleland, to Canterbury they wend,

The holy blissful Martyr for to seek,

That them hath holpen*, when that they were sick. *helped

Based on, and with text adapted from, ‘Canterbury Tales, and Other Poems’ by Geoffrey Chaucer (Text above: Project Gutenberg, public domain: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2383 & and Librarius, free for private and educational use: http://www.librarius.com/cantales.htm)

Music ‘Levantarán el vuelo’ (instrumental, and piano solo versions) by Circus Marcus (Free Music Archive, CC BY NC Attribution-NonCommercial: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/circusmarcus/

Artwork, and decorative letters (recoloured) mostly from books on Chaucer (British Library, public domain: https://www.flickr.com/britishlibrary).

Character list at end:

- Host -

Blender of old and new,

I am she and she is many.

- Yeoman -

Clad in coat and hood of grene,

A sheaf of papers, mind bright and kene.

- Clerk -

All that she myghte be lent,

On bookes and on lernynge she it spente.

- Knight -

A Knyght there was, and that a worthy man,

Trouthe and honour and curteisie.

- Squire -

Today’s lover and lusty bachelor,

Is less strong in the arm than in the dollar.

- Nun -

That of her smiling was full simple and coy

And none suspected her greatest joy.

- The Miller -

She knows the grain as lager and spirit,

With a miller’s sack for her drinking jacket.

- Phoebus -

Keep well thy tongue, and keep thy friend;

A wicked tongue is worse than is a fiend.

- Wyf of Bath -

Hir hosen weren of fyn scarlet reed,

Hir shoes gold soled, soft and newe.

- Cook -

Chocolate, cinammon and almond for sale,

No longer poudre-marchant tart and galyngale.

- The Parson -

Riche he was of holy thoght and werk,

He was a learned man also, a clerk.

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