Would you like to become a Pledging Pilgrim? We have used Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to help find some modern ‘Pledging Pilgrims’. Choose the type of Pilgrim you would like to be:
- Knight – for businesses and corporate givers – you choose how much to give!
- Squire – £200
- Franklin – £100
- Wife of Bath – £50
- Parson – £25
- Ploughman – £10
- Clerk – £5
Now download the form on the right, print it, fill it in and return to us.
Here is some more information about Chaucer’s Pilgrims along with a modern English version:
|Business/Corporate: The Knight|
|A knyght ther was, and that a worthy man,
That fro the tyme that he first bigan
To riden out, he loved chivalrie,
Trouthe and honour, fredom and curteisie.
|A knight there was, and he a worthy man,
Who, from the moment that he first began
To ride about the world, loved chivalry,
Truth, honour, freedom and all courtesy
|£200: The Squire|
|With hym ther was his sone, a yong squier,
A lovyere and a lusty bacheler,
With lokkes crulle as they were leyd in presse.
Of twenty yeer of age he was, I gesse
|With him there was his son, a youthful squire,
A lover and a lusty bachelor,
With locks well curled, as if laid in a press.
Some twenty years of age he was, I guess.
|£100: The Franklin|
|A frankeleyn was in his compaignye.
Whit was his berd as is the dayesye;
An housholdere, and that a greet, was he;
Seint julian he was in his contree.
|There was a franklin in his company;
White was his beard as is the white daisy.
A householder, and that a great, was he;
Saint Julian he was in his own country.
|£50: The Wife of Bath|
|A good wif was ther of biside bathe,
But she was somdel deef, and that was scathe.
Of clooth-makyng she hadde swich an haunt,
She passed hem of ypres and of gaunt.
|There was a housewife come from Bath, or near,
Who- sad to say- was deaf in either ear.
At making cloth she had so great a bent
She bettered those of Ypres and even of Ghent.
|£25: The Parson|
|A good man was ther of religioun,
And was a povre persoun of a toun,
But riche he was of hooly thoght and werk.
He was also a lerned man, a clerk.
|There was a good man of religion, too,
A country parson, poor, I warrant you;
But rich he was in holy thought and work.
He was a learned man also, a clerk
|£10: The Ploughman|
|With hym ther was a plowman, was his brother,
That hadde ylad of dong ful many a fother;
A trewe swynkere and a good was he,
Lyvynge in pees and parfit charitee.
|With him there was a ploughman, was his brother,
That many a load of dung, and many another
Had scattered, for a good true toiler, he,
Living in peace and perfect charity
|£5: The Clerk|
|A clerk ther was of oxenford also,
That unto logyk hadde longe ygo.
But al be that he was a philosophre,
Yet hadde he but litel gold in cofre.
|A clerk from Oxford was with us also,
Who’d turned to getting knowledge, long ago
Yet, and for all he was philosopher,
He had but little gold within his coffer.