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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A body of tales by Chaucer, conceived of as related by a small company of pilgrims from London to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury. They started from the Tabard Inn at Southwark, and agreed to tell each a tale going and each another coming back, the author of the best tale to be treated with a supper. None of the tales on the homeward journey are given.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Canterbury Tales'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/c/canterbury-tales.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.