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1 Jumping ahead a few hundred years… Intro to The Canterbury Tales and the Medieval Period

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3 1050 – Beowulf – Old English (Germanic language from Angles, Saxons and Jutes): influenced by Latin, Celtic, Scottish, Pictish, Danish, Norse 1066 – William the Conqueror takes England – major addition of French, more Latin, Greek 1300s – Geoffrey Chaucer – Middle English

4 bellatores (warriors royalty, gentry) oratores (pray-ers religious, holy orders) laboratores (workers middle and lower class) Divisions of Medieval society:

5 Born into the Laboratores class o Father was a merchant o Hired as a royal page (personal assistant and secretary) o Soldier for King Edward III o Diplomat for King Richard II o Royal clerk for King Henry IV Writer and poet as a hobby Traveled to many places in Western and Southern Europe as an officer of the kings court Educated and very skilled in courtesy (royal manners) Buried in Westminister Abbey in the Poets Corner

6 KnightSquireYeoman Nun (Prioress) MonkFriarMerchant Oxford Cleric (Student) Sergeant at the Law Franklin Haberdasher, Dyer, Carpenter, Weaver, Carpet-maker (these five are together) CookSkipperDoctor Wife of Bath ParsonPlowmanMillerMancipleReeveSummonerPardoner Host (Harry Bailey) Chaucer

7 London Canterbury Approximately 100 miles one way

8 Canterbury Cathedral

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17 These are pictures of St. Thomas à Becket, who was martyred in He was assassinated by four knights of King Henry II and is interred in Canterbury Cathedral.

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27 Whan that Aprill with his shourës sootë The droghte of March hath percëd to the rootë And bathëd every veyne in swich licour Of which vertu engendrëd is the flour


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