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Medieval Studies scholar Anthony Bale, University of London, at a pub steps from the original Tabard Inn in south London. (Scott Tong/Here & Now)
Medieval Studies scholar Anthony Bale, University of London, at a pub steps from the original Tabard Inn in south London. (Scott Tong/Here & Now)

Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales" were written in the 14th century in the wake of the bubonic plague.

On a recent trip to London, Here & Now's Scott Tong met with medieval scholars to learn about the fables of the Black Plague. He found that one story, in particular, is relevant to today's pandemic, including choices people make.

Southwark Cathedral, steps from the original Tabard Inn in "The Canterbury Tales." (Scott Tong/Here & Now)
steps from the original Tabard Inn in "The Canterbury Tales." (Scott Tong/Here & Now)

This segment aired on June 16, 2022.

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Scott Tong joined Here & Now as a co-host in July 2021 after spending 16 years at Marketplace as Shanghai bureau chief and senior correspondent.

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