• Malcolm Andrew
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Inn where the pilgrims meet at the beginning of CT. The Tabard, mentioned in GP (I.20, 719), was a large inn, situated on the eastern side of Borough High Street, *Southwark. The word ‘tabard’ could signify either the emblazoned tunic of a herald or the sleeveless smock of a labourer (as in GP I.541). The sign of the Tabard would presumably have depicted the former. For further information, see Andrew (1993: 29–32).


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