Writing Folders:. Seafarer timed essay Beowulf timed essay Elegy poem Extended analogy essay Chaucerian stanza poem The Canterbury Tales Prologue essay. Drafting schedule:. Today: Write support paragraphs Thursday: Receive revision/editing prompts
Wednesday – 100 points
Involves matching/multiple choice questions which cover medieval history, romance (including Sir Gawain) and the General Prologue.
Involves seven identification//defintions and two short answer responses that cover the four tales (Pardoner/Wife/Nun’s Priest/Miller)
A lover and cadet, a lad of fire/With locks as curly as if they had been pressed./ He was some twenty years of age, I guessed.
He’d sewed a holy relic on his cap;/ His wallet lay before him on his lap,/ Brimful of pardons come from Rome, all hot./ He had the same small voice a goar has got.
Broad, knotty and short-shouldered, he would boast/ He could heave any door off hinge and post./ His beard, like any sow or fox, was red/ And broad as well, as though it were a spade.
He watched his patients closely for the hours/ When, by his horoscope, he knew the powers/ Of favorable planets, then ascendant./ Worked on the images for his dependent.
Truth, honor, generousness, and courtesy,/ He had done nobly in his sovereign’s war/ Just home from service, he had joined our ranks/ To do his pilgrimage and to render thanks.
The Rule of good St. Benet or St. Maur/ As old and strict he tended to ignore;/ He let go by the things of yesterday/ And took the modern world’s more spacious way.
by his bed/ He preferred having twenty books in red/ And black, or Aristotle’s philosophy,/ Than costly clothes, fiddle, or psaltery.
Many a load of dung one time or other/ He must have carted through the morning dew./ He was an honest worker, good and true.
This ______________ wore a coat and hood of green/ and peacock-feathered arrows bright and keen/ and neatly sheathed, hung at his belt the while/ For he could dress his gear in __________________ style.
Which is the best tale . . .
What can the reader infer about Chaucer’s view of the Wife of Bath from the tale he has given her?
“Supple his boots, his horse in fine condition.
He was a prelate fit for exhibition.
He was not pale like a tormented soul.
He like a swan best, roasted and whole.”
“In company she liked to laugh and chat
And knew the remedies for love’s mischances,
An art in which she knew the oldest dances.”
“If, when he fought, the enemy vessel sank,
He sent his prisoners home;
they walked the plank.”
“Wide was his parish, with houses far sunder,
Yet he neglected not in rain or thunder,
In sickness nor in grief, to pay a call
On the remotest, whether great or small.”
The medieval romance has a simple, inevitable plot: a near-perfect hero battles an evil enemy and ultimately wins. As part of the story, the hero inevitably undertakes a quest. The quest usually has three stages: a dangerous journey, a moral test or ordeal to determine if the hero truly has the qualities of a hero, and a return to the point of origin from which the journey began.
In Sir Gawain we have the model of the chivalric hero whose honor is being tested. This is a serious romance whose purpose is clearly to teach a moral lesson. Yet the hero does not have unlimited powers; Gawain is a human being, who, like all of us, is limited in his moral and physical strength.
Discuss examples of behavior which reflect the chivalric code that suggest more than just courtly love (gallantry toward women)---consider loyalty, modesty, faith, honor, valor and courtesy.
Consider the question above and find examples from today’s society to prove that chivalry is alive and well or has withered and died in the face of our modern sensibilities and values.
Edward the Confessor
Duke of Normandy
Claimed King Edward promised him the throne
Harold Godwin became King of England
Old English to Middle English
Nobles or barons/vassals/lords
Colors and symbols assigned to a family for identification purposes
Helped knights identify their comrades while in battle
System of ideals and social codes governing the behavior of knights and gentlewomen
A major aspect of chivalry was fealty, or loyalty
to one’s lord (similar to Anglo-Saxon comitatus)
Other aspects: bravery, courage,
honor of women (known as courtly love)
Aspect of chivalry
Dealt with the
relationship between knights and ladies
Provided for great literature
Led to the creation of the
Murder of Thomas Becket
The Black Death
Canterbury Cathedral: feudal classes
Steeple signified “visual presence” with God
The Martyrdom located in Canterbury Cathedral
King John and the barons
“Fleas on rats”
What word from childhood is derived from the times of outbreaks of the Bubonic Plague?