Study Guide

The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story What's Up With the Title?

By Geoffrey Chaucer

What's Up With the Title?

Chaucer and his early scribes actually called his collection The Tales of Canterbury. The name by which we now know it, The Canterbury Tales, was a change made by the collection's later publishers. The tales are a collection of stories told by a group of pilgrims on their way to Canterbury – hence, the title.

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