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Canterbury Tales Test- Part 1
Terms in this set (37)
One main story with other stories embedded within it
Two Frames in CT
The pilgrimage and the stories told on the way (the knights tale, millers tale, etc.)
why was he Chaucer expert on human nature during the Middle Ages?
He had many jobs and traveled a lot, exposing him to many different people and occupations.
why was CT written in Olde English, not Latin? Why is this important for the times?
It was written in Old English because that was the Vernacular language of the time, making it easier for everyone to be able to read it.
Power of the Catholic church. Why?
Catholicism grew immensely during this time due to money from the commoners or "tithing", and their relationship with royalty.
Connection of the Church and royalty
Elite church members were advised by kings and queens
A social system in which the kings granted land to noblemen, bishops and lords.
Code of conduct for knights; loyal to king, crusade and love
Something you are born into; fight for crusade
loyal only to the woman you love, put women on a pedestal, one is stronger and more honorable if he respects women.
Role of women & wives
Did not have a role; they were expected to marry, bare children and please their husband.
The Archbishop of Canterbury; stood up to King Henry for his religion and was killed (Martyr); people went to visit his grave.
A religious journey to a sacred place
3 reasons to go on a pilgrimage
1. to become closer to God
2. for a vacation/to touch "holy things"
3. to cleanse ones sins
When did most pilgrimages take place?
Wore a tight, cotton shirt over his armor, looked somewhat happy and strong on the outside, but was sad and "discolored by war" on the inside
A bachelor and son of a knight with curly blonde hair, young, loose and flowy clothing. A ladies man; happy, young, and talented
Servant with a coat and hood of green, sun-kissed and worn out face. a hard worker and good hunter. Was a traveler and woodcrafter.
Nun who has blue eyes, small mouth, fair skin, well dressed. Modest and elegant. Well educated, speaks french. Materialistic and fake.
Bald, fat, boots and nice clothes. He is manly and powerful. He loves to eat.
Priest who has a happy voice and twinkling eyes. A selfish player who drinks too much and steals money from people.
Beaver hat, fancy boots, colorful gowns. Pompous, on his high horse, into himself.
teacher and philosopher. Hollow and skinny, raggy clothes. Would rather be smart than rich, spends all his time invested in his books, well educated.
wears a silk sash. is a social climber and steals money by tricking people. he gets people to trust him, then steals their money.
member of parliament. has a white beard and dagger. Likes food, and partying. is easy-going and hospitable
weaver, dyer, aras maker
carry silver weapons and wear nice clothes. want to be noticed, are motivated by money.
bad hygiene, disgusting appearance. Very dirty, but a good, experienced cook. Has the plague
wears a thick gown, has dark skin. Is well- travele, steals, drinks and fights. The name of his boat is Madeline
Doctor wearing extravagant clothing. Got his money from charging too much. Also good at astronomy. Keeps gold for good luck.
wife of bath
Nice clothes, lots of red, gap-toothed. married five times, good at sewing, independent. A non-traditional feminist.
A religious man and clerk. simple looking. Follows God, wants what's best for everyone. A respectful leader. One of the few characters who is actually a good person.
A farmer who wears a short sleeved cape. A man of God, whole hearted and honest. Always pays his taxes. The other character who is a good man.
wrestler and miller. Big boned, short and chunky, with a beard and big nostrils. very strong and makes a good wrestler but steals and sins.
A buyer/seller. Financially smart and stable, but cheats people into giving him money.
Estate manager. Slender and old. A "band" of hair. Everyone is afraid of him. Saves his money. He is lazy and dirty. His horses name is Scott.
Summons people to got to church. He has a skin disease, therefore, is covered with pimples and scaly skin. he rapes women, is a hypocrite, and steals. Worst character of the book.
Pardons people from sin. Long hair, carries a bag, yellow hair and smooth face. He is gay. he enjoys singing. He lies to get money.
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