The Canterbury Tales. Geoffrey Chaucer *Chaucer himself is depicted in the Canterbury Tales as the narrator; he is initially perceived as gregarious and naïve, and later described as silent. His opinions of each character flagrantly show through in the manner in which he writes each tale.
The Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chaucer*Chaucer himself is depicted in the Canterbury Tales as the narrator; he is initially perceived as gregarious and naïve, and later described as silent. His opinions of each character flagrantly show through in the manner in which he writes each tale
Chaucer was included in the social class of the merchants, along with his parents. They consisted of the middle class.
Chaucer was a modest, inquisitive, and gregarious character. He was very intelligent and his gift for writing is evident in his vast variety of
He is depicted as wearing a dark coverchief on his head, which is similar to a Val that nuns wear. He is also shown dressed in a long, black cloak.
He is revealed as having a serious and grave expression along with a fully developed beard. His hair cannot be explained because he is always shown wearing his coverchief.
The Tabard Inn
What is a pilgrimage?
for a knight or squire. He wore a green hood and coat. His head was like a nut and his face was brown.
The Prioress (The Nun)
· Has a simple, shy smile
· Grey eyes
· Very clean
· Wears a nice cloak
· Has a coral bracelet and a golden brooch
· The clergy as a nun
· Has very good table manners
· Very kindhearted, charitable, and respectable
· Real name is Madam Eglantyne
· Speaks French
In good shape
Bald and has a shiny head and face
Wears very different robes of the usual monks which was a plain habit and hood but wore gray fur on his sleeves of his cope and a gold pin with a love knot at the end of the hood
The gold pin signified that he was not religious because instead of the gold pin it should be a rosary.
Abbot meaning father, religious title given to the head of the monastery
Ignores rules and lives and controls his own life very unlike monks of the time
Hunts and rides horses instead of studying, praying, and working which the rules of the monastery forbids
He is believed to have joined the monastery because he wanted be separated from betrayal of people and of women.
Social Class: clergy
Happy and sturdy voice
Good singer and hurdy-gurdy
His name was Hubert.
His job didn’t make him wealthy but he knew how to make a profit
He wasn’t like the friar’s before him
Most Mellow of the Four Orders
Match maker to many girls
Got many girls in trouble
Was able to hear confessions
Forgiving to all people
Made a decent living
Knew taverns and inns best
Easily got money from people
Made a profit off of all that he did for people.
Wore a robe
· Forking beard
· Motley Dress
· Beaver hat
· Buckled boots
· Sat high on his horse
· Free, High status non-noble
Info important to lifestyle
· An expert at currency exchange
The Oxford Cleric“The Student”
1. middle class
he was wiser and busier the
he really was
make a fool-proof contract or
give a great defense
Wise, fit to be noble
Trim and fresh, silver knives
Clothe making profession
They are dressed in the livery, or uniform, of their guild.
The narrator compliments their shiny dress and mentions that each was fit to be a city official.
Demonstrate the pride associated with being a guild member
Guilds are professional organizations for craftsmen
The characters are proud of their wealth and display it with ornate objects
The wives enjoyed the status of the husbands
Gave the women social recognition
Demonstrate the pride associated with being a guild member
belonged to a guild (associations of tradesmen, somewhat powerful in this time period)
their wives are demanding and controlling, were social climbing
is a person who sells small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons and zippers. In English, haberdasher is another term for a men's outfitter. A haberdasher would sell small accessories, like linens and silks. Another meaning of "haberdasher" refers to a "dealer in, or maker of, hats and caps.”
Medieval craftsmen, like haberdashers, belonged to guilds. Each guild had a hall or house to meet in. The members worked together to insure the quality of their work, train apprentices, set prices, care for the sick members of their guilds and the widows and children of deceased members. The men of the guild were wealthy, and their sons were automatically born into the guild.
Name was Roger
Master of his trade
Good at cooking
Cut on his shin
Best dish was Creamed Chicken Pie
Rude and vulgar man
Engages in violent and arguable behavior
He was part of the Middle Class
He wore blood red garments with bluish gray in them and they were lined with taffeta (which was used for formal wear).
He made most of his money from when plagues struck his country and he tended to rip people off. Gold and money was very important to him. He was somewhat greedy.
He was very intelligent in the field of medicine. He knew the cure for any malady that you had. He also was educated in astrology; he could read you your stars and tell you your luck. He knew his medical information by heart but did not know the Bible at all. He was not a very holy man.
As for food, he only ate what was nutritious and never ate food for pleasure
The Wife of Bath
· A bold, handsome woman, deaf in one
ear and gap toothed
· As a seamstress, she is dressed rather
extravagantly in scarlet colored clothes
· She is a worldly woman, having seen
many different places
· After living with five different husbands,
she is experienced and well versed in
the games of love.
· Through her experiences, she has
gained intellect, independence, and the
ability to provide for herself
Wears a long cloak and hat
Steward for a law school in London
authorized to buy provisions (food or other necessities)
Wiser than thirty lawyers he feeds
Cheated well-educated lawyers
by putting aside a tidy little sum for himself
Came from Inner Temple
All carters follow his example in buying
Used to watch the market carefully
Go in first do he did well in shopping
Reeve was a slender man
He had a beard shaven to the best of his ability; it was as clean-shaven as he could get it to be
His hair looked as if it were cut by clippers; cut around the ears
long legs and was very lean
could be angered very easily
belonged to the middle class.
An administrative officer (high rank)
The Summoner had a fire-red face, with boils all over.
He had pimples all over his face, and nothing could get rid of them.
He wore garland around his head
His breath was wretched because he loved to eat garlic and onions.
He was in the lower class.
His job was to the send those who were arrested for sins to court.
He was a drunken man, and slurred too often, only in Latin.
He rarely followed any of the law.
He was a scary man and partook in too many sexual activities.
He believes he is more knowledgeable than most people.
Wore a tabard(loose jacket) smock
He would not have been dressed up in nice clothes because of his occupation and he might have smelled from carrying manure
He worked in fields
He dug corn and carried manure
The Plowman’s social class is considered to be among the virtuous poor or lower class
He was extremely poor but represented all the Christian values and virtues
Relevant information to the lifestyle of
He was a good worker who was religious
He lived in peace and charity and treated his neighbor with much respect
Plowman helped the poor and was always charitable
He was the Parson’s brother
He always paid his tithes and they were on time and in full
Long, blonde hair
Wears a cap with a holy relic on it
Big, bulging eyes
Smooth facial skin
Clergy, Freeman, contested status
A pardoner is one who dispenses papal pardons.
He was gentle and patient because of working with the pope.
By Geoffrey Chaucer