Ellis follows the medieval pilgrim route from London to Canterbury in the proscribed six traditional days. His knowlege of history and Chaucer is impressive and adds to his tale. However, he subustitutes his own [considerable] spiritiality for the religious faith that motivates pilgrims and rather misses the meaning of the pilgrimage.
The author is a part-Cherokee American who was following the route of Chaucer's Canterbury pilgrims as a way of honoring his English ancestry. This book is a sort of sequel to one he had written after walking the Cherokee Trail of Tears to honor his Native American ancestry. His account of his experiences along the way are interspersed with accounts of what life was like for the earlier pilgrims. I found those mildly interesting. However, I was somewhat put off by his constant harping on how extraordinarily sensitive and spiritual he is.