Walking to Canterbury: A Modern Journey Through Chaucer's Medieval England

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More than six hundred years ago, the Archbishop of Canterbury was murdered by King Henry II’s knights. Before the Archbishop’s blood dried on the Cathedral floor, the miracles began. The number of pilgrims visiting his shrine in the Middle Ages was so massive that the stone floor wore thin where they knelt to pray. They came seeking healing, penance, or a sign from God. Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, one of the greatest, most enduring works of English literature, is a bigger-than-life drama based on the experience of the medieval pilgrim. Power, politics, friendship, betrayal, martyrdom, miracles, and stories all had a place on the sixty mile path from London to Canterbury, known as the Pilgrim’s Way.

Walking to Canterbury is Jerry Ellis’s moving and fascinating account of his own modern pilgrimage along that famous path. Filled with incredible details about medieval life, Ellis’s tale strikingly juxtaposes the contemporary world he passes through on his long hike with the history that peeks out from behind an ancient stone wall or a church. Carrying everything he needs on his back, Ellis stops at pubs and taverns for food and shelter and trades tales with the truly captivating people he meets along the way, just as the pilgrims from the twelfth century would have done. Embarking on a journey that is spiritual and historical, Ellis reveals the wonders of an ancient trek through modern England toward the ultimate goal: enlightenment.

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A decade ago, Jerry Ellis followed the long Trail of Tears to explore his Cherokee lineage, a journey he recounted in his well-crafted memoir Walking the Trail. Now, honoring the English side of his heritage, he offers this lively sequel: an account of a short but adventure-filled hike from London to Canterbury.

Canterbury, of course, is the site of a great cathedral, and the place where St. Thomas à Becket was murdered in 1170. Throughout the Middle Ages, pilgrims made their way there from all over Europe to seek the miraculous powers of his blood and spirit, as Geoffrey Chaucer recounts in The Canterbury Tales. But it is also a resolutely modern and all too worldly place of cell phones, fast-food restaurants, and freeways. For every present-day traveler and artifact he encounters along his path, Ellis finds just the right counterpart from the past. His engaging narrative shifts between eras and continents, joining personal and universal history while commenting on forgotten times and customs.

Ellis's altogether enjoyable memoir deserves a place alongside the writings of Bill Bryson, Paul Theroux, and other intrepid walkers--and it is a welcome treat for fans of Chaucer, too. --Gregory McNamee

About the Author:

In 1989, Jerry Ellis became the first person in modern history to walk the 900-mile route of the Cherokee Trail of Tears. He wrote about that journey in his book Walking the Trail. He is also the author of Marching Through Georgia and Bareback! A graduate of the University of Alabama, Ellis has had four plays produced and has written for The New York Times. He lives in Alabama.

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