Pilgrimage In The Canterbury Tales

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Television Proposal: ‘’Geoffrey Chaucer’s ’Canterbury Tales’: Tales on Tour’’:

1. Format:


You may have thought the Middle Ages was a boring time to be alive, but you will think anything but that after watching Geoffrey Chaucer’s raunchy ‘’Canterbury Tales’’ brought to life in a television documentary!

What happens on pilgrimage, stays on pilgrimage!


The documentary will be thirty minutes in duration, with each tale lasting approximately twelve and a half minutes each. This will allow for a five minute break between tales for advertisements.


Historical/Literary documentary.

Target Audience:

Adults ages 25-55.

2. Context:
In Chaucer’s era, society was divided into a number of distinct social classes akin to the three estates model of pre-revolution France. The clergy and the people who prayed were the first estate. The nobility and those who fought were the second estate. Last (and unfortunately least) was the peasantry and the people who prepared food for members of the other estates who were the third estate. Each pilgrim represents a portion of Middle English society.
Chaucer’s ancestors were wealthy merchants, but his father died in 1349, rendering him unable to follow in his ancestor’s footsteps. Perhaps it could be argued that this life changing circumstance affected Chaucer’s depiction of the Merchant in the Canterbury Tales.
Chaucer’s own life had great bearing on his writing. In the Canterbury Tales Chaucer gives the

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