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A Canterbury Pilgrimage   By: (1855-1936)

A Canterbury Pilgrimage by Elizabeth Robins Pennell

A Canterbury Pilgrimage takes readers on a remarkable journey through time, as they join Elizabeth Robins Pennell on her captivating pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. Pennell masterfully weaves together history, art, and vibrant characters to create an immersive and enlightening experience for readers.

The book begins with Pennell's vivid descriptions of the journey from London to Canterbury, painting a picture of the bustling city streets and idyllic countryside scenery. Her attention to detail is exceptional, as she captures the essence of each place she visits, arousing the reader's senses and making them feel like they are right there with her.

Throughout the book, Pennell introduces readers to a multitude of intriguing individuals she encounters along the way. Each character is portrayed with depth and authenticity, adding an extra layer of richness to the narrative. From the comedic interactions between fellow travelers to the profound conversations with local villagers, these encounters serve as windows into different walks of life and provide valuable insights into the journey of self-discovery that Pennell undertakes.

What truly sets A Canterbury Pilgrimage apart is Pennell's ability to seamlessly blend history and literature into her narrative. Weaving in references to Geoffrey Chaucer's famed Canterbury Tales, Pennell breathes life into the historical context surrounding the cathedral and its significance to pilgrims throughout the centuries. Her passion for the subject matter is evident, making even the most complex aspects of the history accessible and engaging.

Pennell's writing style is elegant and evocative, reflecting the beauty and spirituality of the landscape she traverses. Her prose flows effortlessly, captivating readers with its grace and sincerity. Whether she is describing the breathtaking architecture of Canterbury Cathedral or sharing her own introspective thoughts and emotions, Pennell's words have a lyrical quality that lingers in the mind long after the book is finished.

A Canterbury Pilgrimage is a literary gem that not only captures the essence of a physical journey but also delves into the realms of self-reflection and personal growth. Pennell's ability to blend history, art, and the human experience creates a profound and thought-provoking read. It is a book that not only transports readers to a specific time and place but also leaves them with a renewed appreciation for the power of pilgrimage, both physical and spiritual.

First Page:


This work is Copyright in England and America.


Ridden, written, and illustrated by



London: Published by Seeley and Company, xlvi. xlvii. xlviii. Essex Street. Mdccclxxxv.

TO Mr. Robert Louis Stevenson,

We, who are unknown to him, dedicate this record of one of our short journeys on a Tricycle, in gratitude for the happy hours we have spent travelling with him and his Donkey.

We do not think our book needs an apology, explanation, or preface; nor does it seem to us worth while to give our route form, since the road from London to Canterbury is almost as well known to cyclers as the Strand, or the Lancaster Pike; nor to record our time, since we were pilgrims and not scorchers. And as for non cyclers, who as yet know nothing of time and roads, we would rather show them how pleasant it is to go on pilgrimage than weary them with cycling facts.


36 BEDFORD PLACE, May 14th, 1885 .

First Day


Folk do go on Pilgrimage through Kent.




It was towards the end of August, when a hot sun was softening the asphalt in the dusty streets of London, and ripening the hops in the pleasant land of Kent, that we went on pilgrimage to Canterbury... Continue reading book >>

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