Books about Canterbury, England

About the city of Canterbury in Kent, England

Canterbury is a beautiful historic English city in the south east county of Kent.

Although the area was inhabited from the Stone Age, Bronze Age artifacts having also been found, its known history is best documented from Roman times onwards.

Canterbury is particularly associated with the early development of Christianity in the British Isles, dating from 597 when Pope Gregory sent Augustine (who went on to become the first Archbishop of Canterbury) to meet with the local King Æthelberht. Following the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury cathedral in 1170, it became a site of pilgrimage attracting visitors from across Europe. Such a pilgrimage formed the context of Geoffrey Chaucer's C14th stories 'The Canterbury Tales', among his works that made a huge contribution to the acceptance of written English when the main languages in written use at the time were French and Latin.

In 1348 Canterbury lost about a third of its popuation to the black death. Over the following decades much of its Roman wall fell into disrepair or succumbed to theft or vandalism before being rebuilt in the early C15th. Canterbury received city status in 1448 and, after 400 years of building, its cathedral (above, now a UNESCO World Hertitage Site) was completed in 1504. Pilgrimages ceased when Thomas Becket's shrine was demolished during King Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries. The Archbishop of Canterbury is still the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England as well as being widely considered the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion worldwide.

Overall, Canterbury's history is arguably among the most interesting of any city in the British Isles. Its scale and architecture also contribute to ensure the continuing charm of this English gem. In addition to a rich variety of landmarks, Canterbury also has many theatres, music venues, educational, cultural and sports facilities.

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Chelmsford DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: UK City Notebook for Canterbury, England (European City Notebooks in Lists)

Chelmsford DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: UK City Notebook for Canterbury, England (European City Notebooks in Lists)

by Younghusband European City Notebooks

ISBN: 1490598049 ASIN: 1490598049

144 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Price: 12.95 USD

The Via Francigena Canterbury to Rome - Part 2: The Great St Bernard Pass to Rome (Cicerone Guide)

The Via Francigena Canterbury to Rome - Part 2: The Great St Bernard Pass to Rome (Cicerone Guide)

by Alison Raju

ISBN: 1852846070 ASIN: 1852846070

336 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited

Price: 24.95 USD

The Amateur Historians' Guide to Medieval and Tudor England: Day Trips South of London - Dover, Canterbury, Rochester (Capital Travels)

The Amateur Historians' Guide to Medieval and Tudor England: Day Trips South of London - Dover, Canterbury, Rochester (Capital Travels)

by Sarah Valente Kettler, Carole Trimble

ISBN: 1892123738 ASIN: 1892123738

320 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: Capital Books

Price: 20.00 USD

Canterbury Cathedral (Scala Museum)

Canterbury Cathedral (Scala Museum)

by Scala Publishes

ISBN: 1857590279 ASIN: 1857590279

96 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: Scala Arts Publishers Inc.

Price: 14.95 USD

Walking to Canterbury: A Modern Journey Through Chaucer's Medieval England

Walking to Canterbury: A Modern Journey Through Chaucer's Medieval England

by Jerry Ellis

ISBN: 0345447069 ASIN: 0345447069

320 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Price: 16.00 USD

The Road to Canterbury: A Modern Pilgrimage

The Road to Canterbury: A Modern Pilgrimage

by Shirley Du Boulay

ISBN: 0006279600 ASIN: 0006279600

192 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: Zondervan

Canterbury, United Kingdom - City Map

Canterbury, United Kingdom - City Map

by Jason Patrick Bates

ISBN: 1980520534 ASIN: 1980520534

50 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: Independently published

Price: 7.99 USD

Canterbury Through Time

Canterbury Through Time

by John Clancy

ISBN: 1445607123 ASIN: 1445607123

96 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: Amberley Publishing

Price: 24.95 USD

The Via Francigena Canterbury to Rome - Part 1: Canterbury to the Great St Bernard Pass (Cicerone Guides)

The Via Francigena Canterbury to Rome - Part 1: Canterbury to the Great St Bernard Pass (Cicerone Guides)

by Alison Raju

ISBN: 1852844876 ASIN: 1852844876

240 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited

Price: 24.95 USD

A Canterbury Pilgrimage / An Italian Pilgrimage: Elizabeth Robins Pennell & Joseph Pennell

A Canterbury Pilgrimage / An Italian Pilgrimage: Elizabeth Robins Pennell & Joseph Pennell

by Elizabeth Robins Pennell, Joseph Pennell

ISBN: 1772120421 ASIN: 1772120421

232 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: University of Alberta Press

Price: 29.95 USD

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