English Writers and Their Hometowns
I am not sure about you but I know exactly the moment I fell in love with England. It was back when I first came across Canterbury Tales written by the father of English literature Geoffrey Chaucer. These masterpiece is written in Middle English, and I had my share struggling to understand not only Chaucer`s English, but many other poems and stories written in the centuries following the Norman invasion.
So I started doing some research and I came across the tavern in Southwark that made me curious about London. I had to follow the path of the pilgrims and I learned about Canterbury. My love for England reached a crescendo when I spent a whole year reading Shakespeare, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out I can stay with a host family in England.
After seeing some of the major sights I came to an idea to follow the path of some of the authors that I have spent sleepless nights reading their works.
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Shakespeare`s Globe is a an exact replica of the original Elizabethan theater where you can find out about the costumes and musical instruments used in the Elizabethan era or see one of the many Shakespeare`s plays in the open air. There is another place that is of great importance, Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth place of William Shakespeare. On the Henley Street you can find the restored 16th century house, which is believed to be the house where the author spent his childhood years.
If you visit Canterbury you will have the chance to experience Chaucer`s famous tales. Join the pilgrims from the Tabard Inn to Canterbury Cathedral. 5 of the most popular tales are brought to life thanks to the talented guides who are dressed in costumes. If you need more information about this tour you can find it here on this link. You can end your visit with a boat ride on the River Stour through the heart of Canterbury and see some of the sights from a different perspective.
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Haworth, Yorkshire is a literary mecca since it is the home of the famous Bronte sisters. I believe that any hopeless romantic knows the love story of Catherine and Heathcliff described in Wuthering Heights. You can visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum which was the home of Charlotte, Emily and Anne. They have spent most of their lives and wrote their novels in their family home.
Jane Austin`s England
If you follow the life line of one of the most popular writers, Jane Austen you will end up visiting 3 places that were major part of her life, Bath, Chawton and Winchester. Her novels describe social and domestic life during the Regency England, a period well known for romantic fiction. In Bath you can see the house where Jane Austin used to live and there is also the Jane Austin Center which is a museum dedicated to her life. The writer moved with her mother and sister to Chawton after her father`s death and here you can see her house which is where she started writing 2 of her most popular works Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.
Austin moved to Winchester to seek medical help and you can pay your respect on her grave in Winchester Cathedral.
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