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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer The “Father of English Poetry” takes a “picture” of Medieval England.

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1 The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer The “Father of English Poetry” takes a “picture” of Medieval England

2 Chaucer’s biography 1343? – 1400 Born to middle-class merchant Worked as a page in King Edward III’s court 1359 – captured in France – POW – King Ed paid 16 pound ransom (huge!) 1366 – married lady-in-waiting, Philippa Pan! (3 kids) Jobs – controller at customs, justice of the peace, member of Parliament, diplomat in Italy and France, supervisor of construction – Tower of London and Westminster Abbey, forester of King’s forest Buried – Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey

3 The Canterbury Tales the Prologue Frame story – a pilgrimage to Beckett’s tomb in Canterbury (Who’s he?) 50 miles SE of London “9 and 20” pilgrims – Tabard Inn, Southwark The beginning – read page tales completed out of projected 120 Pilgrims from 3 main segments of Medieval society – ecclesiastical, feudal, urban Your presentations will try to describe both what each person was like and what Chaucer was trying to say about Medieval society

4 The Presentations 1. Perform Chaucer’s poetic description from the Prologue 2. Describe the character in your own words – appearance, personality, status, etc. 3. What historically do we learn from Chaucer’s portrayal? 4. Is Chaucer’s portrayal positive, negative, or balanced (neutral)? 5. Provide useful notes to the class

5 The Prologue Characters (italicized in text pgs.96 – 115) Knight Cook Squire Skipper Yeoman Doctor Nun* Woman from Bath* Monk* Parson Friar* Plowman Merchant Miller Oxford Cleric Manciple Sergeant at the Law Reeve Franklin Summoner* Guildsmen Pardoner*

6 Homework during the Prologue Presentations Read “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” pg. 119 Read “The Pardoner’s Tale” pg. 141 Test on Prologue characters and 2 “Tales” follow – Source for much of the test will be the notes provided by the presentations


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