So one day in April a company of pilgrims gathered at the Tabard Inn on the south side of the Thames, not far from London Bridge.
At the Tabard Inn twenty-nine "of sundry folk," besides Chaucer himself, were gathered.
As we approached each other, I saw that he wore a plumed helmet, and seemed to be otherwise clothed in steel, but bore a curious addition also -- a stiff square garment like a herald's tabard. However, I had to smile at my own forgetfulness when I got nearer and read this sign on his tabard:
My missionaries were taught to spell out the gilt signs on their tabards -- the showy gilding was a neat idea, I could have got the king to wear a bulletin-board for the sake of that barbaric splendor -- they were to spell out these signs and then explain to the lords and ladies what soap was; and if the lords and ladies were afraid of it, get them to try it on a dog.
an odd adventure!" came to my lips as though I had been one of that famous company that once started from the Tabard
on a day in spring.
In the course of his lounging about the camp, however, he got possession of a deer skin; whereupon, cutting a slit in the middle, he thrust his head through it, so that the two ends hung down before and behind, something like a South American poncho, or the tabard
of a herald.
The great work of the period, however, and the crowning achievement of Chaucer's life, is 'The Canterbury Tales.' Every one is familiar with the plan of the story (which may well have had some basis in fact): how Chaucer finds himself one April evening with thirty other men and women, all gathered at the Tabard
Inn in Southwark (a suburb of London and just across the Thames from the city proper), ready to start next morning, as thousands of Englishmen did every year, on a pilgrimage to the shrine of St.
Emma Barton is set to ditch her maroon Minute Mart tabard
for glitzy gowns when she takes part in this year'sStrictly Come Dancing.
was also stolen at the same time, meaning those collecting could look very official.
"CCTV shows the suspects buying a fluorescent tabard
which we believe was then used to give the illusion that they were at his home on legitimate business.
June 1982 | This Persian cat, pictured in August 1991, does not seem unduly concerned by the inscription on groomer Annette Terzo's tabard
| Emma Mainland with Polly and Nicy Owen with Penny at Trelogan Dog Walk and Show, in July 1995 | Jim Taylor feeds his deer at his Llanychan farm in March 1989 | Rhyl donkey derby from 1960 | Mark Williams taking it easy with one of his father's prize cattle at the Anglesey Show in August 1989
"I never said this was about one person in a white tabard
doing it himself, not at all.