On this date in 1389, Geoffrey Chaucer was named chief clerk for King Richard II.
In college, we English majors had to memorize the first 20 lines of the Canterbury Tales. I can still recall it to this day: Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote the droughte of Marche hath perced to the roote . . . . Sometimes bawdy, sometimes irreverent, always entertaining, Chaucer’s tale of a pilgrimage to the shrine of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury showed a cross section of the social classes: nobles, peasants, clergy.
For today’s writing prompt, write the opening paragraph of your pilgrimage tale. Introduce some of your characters and describe their destination. Set the tone for an epic road trip!