History of the English Language. Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales”. Old English 1 .
Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales”
West Germanic invaders from Jutland and southern Denmark began populating the British Isles in the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. The three groups of invaders were Angles, Saxons, and Jutes.
These invaders pushed the original, Celtic-speaking inhabitants out of what is now England into Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and Ireland, leaving behind a few Celtic words.
This mixture of the two languages came to be known as
A pilgrimage on a spring day in April from Southwark (across the Thames from London) to Canterbury (50 miles) to the burial site or shrine of St. Thomas Beckett, martyred in 1170.
The five-day journey itself brings spiritual enlightenment