when did the writing begin?
what was Canterbury Tales originally written in?
how many characters are in this story?
what are the characters going on?
where does the journey start and end?
from London to Canterbury
why would people travel to Canterbury?
how many stories are going to be told?
2 stories per character on the way there
2 stories per character on the way back
why did Chaucer want to have 120 stories?
because he wanted to have more than Boccaccio's Decameron
what city did the voyage start?
Southwark (South of London)
where did the characters stay?
in the famous inn - Tabard Inn
what was the host's name?
what was the host going to do?
he was going to judge who has the best story?
what is the winner's reward?
all other pilgrims would pay for his expenses and throw him a party
how many tales does he write in what amount of time?
24 tales in 14 years
what kind of comedy is Canterbury Tales?
low comedy; i.e. Hangover for our time
how are the characters describe?
cross section of Medieval Society
who is the highest ranked character?
who is the lowest ranked character?
who is the narrator?
Chaucer is portrayed as an observant, naive, and truthful narrator
what kind of an author is Chaucer?
sarcastic, opinionated, wicked sense of humor
if born in the upper class and was not a first born, the child would usually go into...
1. military: hope a cousin or someone will make them an officer so they get paid
2. church: may not even want to be there (i.e. the monk, prioress)
what two women can live on their own?
widow and nun
how is middle English pronounced?
every letter is pronounced.
when does this journey start?
a person's physical characteristics reveal his/her personality
many successes in battle (100 years war)
giving thanks for success and being alive
dressed humbly: tunic that is marred
understand he is lucky
studying to be a knight
only interested in women
youth; he's suave
hasn't experienced death face to face
traveled the world
has served in a war
travels with knight and squire
weapon of choice; bow and arrow
protects the knight and squire
brown skin (work outside)
helps run convent
upper class - had no choice but to join convent
has dongs that eat well; milk, meat, white bread
cares about her dogs and not the poor
has a wide high forehead - sign of beauty
wore convent clothes but beautiful cloth
rosary made of jade
posse of nuns and three priests
not called sister
eats very well
chastity/service - dresses well
pretentious; try to speak French
love conquers all (but not God related)
prominent eyeballs - greed
bald, shiny head
loves hunting and eating
goes against church wishes
wanton (reckless partier)
supposed to pray
noble to his order
thinks himself as higher and superior
stayed away from leaper
knew bar maids and bar tenders well
mess around with women and then finds them husbands
PARTY WOMEN DRINK MONKEY ROBBER
had many possessions
acts superior about exchanges
act like a know it all
worthy of respect
forking beard - 2 sided
student of priesthood
poor; no money, borrows from friends
loves to read
horse is thin
student at Oxford
major - philosophy
likes teaching - not to people
smart - nothing to do with it though
Sergeant at the Law
lawyer appointed by King; was a judge that went town to town
memorized book of law
look more busy than actually was - think he's super important
wealthy land owner
straggly white beard
dagger in belt
ate a lot of fish
cheerful, good nature
table set always read with food
Sheriff - royal tax collector
dyer (dye clothe)
equipment was fancy and expensive
look like high class
all dressed the same
to work with have to go through other jobs
store sign is a picture
plague made it possible form the new upcoming middle class
distinguish London by flavor
drinks a lot
knows his liquor
bad knee - ulcer
make great blancmange - white sauce (yuck)
from Dartmouth, SW England
tan - outside a lot
always carries a dagger
Maudaline - ship
brave, hardy, prudent
medieval pirate; can't ride horse well
lanyard with dagger around neck
send prisoner's 'home'; heaven
knew waters well
dressed in blood red
has a love for gold - money
smart - knows medicine
knowledgeable in astronomy
knows condition/medicine needed immediately
doesn't read the bible
has a deal with the apothecary (drug dealer): most expensive medicine
likes to prescribe gold (helps heart)
Wife of Bath
bowl, handsome face
gap took - lusty
nice new shoes
many popular places
knew remedies of love
marries old men
looking for husbands on pilgrimage?
skilled with clothe
married 5 times legally
sits on horse well (spread legs easily)
holy-ish man who would go into town and help others
door to door
compared to God - shepherd
cares for everyone
good role model
brother of Parson
religion means a lot
not big drinker
pays to the church (tithe)
Stout, brawn, brotty, kotty, short-shoulder
mouth like a furnace door
black, wide nostrils
can bread door with head (drunk)
take advantage of people
make fun of Scottish
wart on nose, tuft of hair
crushes grain- important job
red hair - bad temper
wrangler and buffoon
thumb of gold
group of lawyers hired to get a good deal on goods
crooked, take money
not great education
get good deal on supplies
overseer of plantation
terrible, cruel to serfs
buy lord a present - makes him happy
hate spending money; hoards
house is beautiful
cheats out of money
round up sinners
appointed - supposed to arrest people
lecherous, horrible life
children see him and run
enjoy garlic and onion
gets drunk a lot
would take bribes
drank strong wine
hair - yellow/stringy/oily/long
brags he can dupe people
sells pardon for sins
bulging eyes - greed
lies to people
takes advantage of illiterate people in bad situations
it'll be fun