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Canterbury Tales. Chaucer. Beginnings The pilgrimage started in April Pilgrims met at the Tabard Inn, Southwark Traveling to visit Thomas a’ Becket. II. Characters A. Knight 1. Distinguished gentleman 2. Followed: a. chivalry b. truth c. honor d. generousness

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  • Beginnings

    • The pilgrimage started in April

    • Pilgrims met at the Tabard Inn, Southwark

    • Traveling to visit Thomas a’ Becket


II. Characters

A. Knight

1. Distinguished gentleman

2. Followed:

a. chivalry

b. truth

c. honor

d. generousness

e. courtesy

3. Fought battles for faith

4. He was true and gentle


II. Characters

B. Squire

1. Son of a knight

2. 20 years old

3. He was a lover

4. He served in Calvary

5. Talents:

a. singing e. draw

b. recite songs f. write

c. joust

d. dance

6. He was courteous


II. Characters

C. Yeoman

1. Wore:

a. green coat

b. peacock feathers

c. bow

d. medal of St. Christopher

2. He was like a nut, brown face

3. He was a proper forester


II. Characters

D. Prioress

1. Madame Eglantyne

2. Personality:

a. dainty

b. entertaining

c. friendly, but coy

d. sympathetic

3. Beads

a. coral c. Love conquers all

b. gaudy

4. Traveled with

a. Nun

b. three priests


II. Characters

E. Monk

1. Hunting was his sport

2. Head of monastery

3. Not old and strict

4. Appearance:

a. wore gray fur

b. gold pin

c. bald

d. greasy face

e. fat/ personable

f. eyes glittered

5. favorite meal- swan


II. Characters

F. Friar

1. Personality

a. playful

b. merry

c. beggar

d. confession -hears/grants

e. drunk

f. player

g. courteous


II. Characters

2. Talents

a. sang

b. smooth talker

3. Name: Hubert

4. Has a lisp


II. Characters

G. Merchant

1. Appearance

a. forking beard

b. multi-colored clothes

c. beaver hat

d. buckled boots

2. Personality

a. opinionated

b. boastful

c. admirable


II. Characters

G. Merchant

3. Expert in trading

4. Smart

5. In debt


II. Characters

H. Oxford Cleric

1. Student

2. Appearance

a. skinny

b. hard stare

3. Did not sponsor church

4. Spent all friends’ money

5. Preferred books over clothes

6. moralistic


II. Characters

I. Sergeant at Law (lawyer/judge)

1. Personality

a. wary b. wise

c. discreet d. busy

e. respectful

2. Appearance

a. homely

b. parti-colored coat

c. girt with striped, silk belt


II. Characters

J. Franklin

1. White beard

2. cheerful

3. kind

4. loved cake and wine

5. lived for pleasure

6. always prepared for a party

7. Sheriff (tax collector)

8. Member of Parliament


II. Characters

K. Haberdasher, Dyer, Carpenter, Weaver, Carpet Maker

1. Same fraternal order

2. Uniforms- new and clean

3. Carried silver knives

4. Worthy of town council

5. Controlled by their wives


II. Characters

L. Cook

1. Talents

a. boiled b. flavor

c. roast d. seethe

e. broil f. fry

g. make soup and pie

2. Had an open sore on his knee


II. Characters

M. Skipper

1. From far west

2. Appearance

a. woolen gown

b. dagger on necklace

c. tan

d. bearded

3. Personality

a. excellent b. talented

c. no pity for enemies

d. prudent or practical


II. Characters

N. Doctor

1. Talents

a. well spoken b. well educated

c. perfect physician

2. Strict diet

3. Did not read the Bible

4. Loved gold


II. Characters

O. Wife of Bath

1. Appearance

a. somewhat deaf

b. red pantyhose

c. Handkerchief on head

d. Soft and new shoes

e. Gap teeth

f. Covered head and face

g. Big hips

h. Heal spurs


II. Characters

O. Wife of Bath

2. Married five times

3. Traveler

4. Personality

a. Laugh and chat (funny)

b. Matchmaker (ironic)


II. Characters

P. Parson

1. Rich in work (poor)

2. Smart

3. Jobs

a. clerk b. preacher

c. teacher

4. Patient

5. Hated cursing

6. Gave all he had away

7. Despised hypocrisy

8. True Christian


II. Characters

Q. Plowman

1. Parson’s brother

2. Jobs

a. carries dung b. tends corn

c. builds ditches

3. Personality

a. hard-worker b. honest

c. loving d. content

e. put others first

f. loved God above all else

4. helped the poor for free

5. always paid his tithes


II. Characters

R. Miller

1. Appearance

a. 224 pounds b. stout

c. broad d. red beard

e. strong

f. hairy red wart on nose

g. wide, black nostrils

h. carried a sword

i. mouth like a furnace


II. Characters

R. Miller

2. Wrestler

3. Told vulgar stories

4. stole grain

5. played bag pipes

6. wore a white coat


II. Characters

S. Manciple

1. Caterer for the king’s court

2. Personality

a. role model

b. slow

c. well planned

d. illiterate

e. smart

center of attention


II. Characters

T. Reave

1. Appearance

a. old b. thin

c. stubble on face

d. stick legs e. blue coat

f. rusty knife

2. Personality

a. easily bargained

b. easily irritated


II. Characters

T. Reave

c. precise d. trustworthy

e. feared

3. He was rich

4. He was a carpenter

5. Rode a horse named Scott


II. Characters

U. Summoner

1. Appearance

a. red face b. acne

c. narrow eyes

d. scabby eyebrows

e. thin beard

2. Children were afraid of him

3. Loved garlic and onions

4. drunk

5. Good at memorization

6. Noble


II. Characters

V. Pardoner

1. Appearance

a. blonde, curly, long hair

b. bald on top (mullet)

c. bulging eyes

d. voice like a goat

e. smooth face

2. A joker and liar

3. Wears Christian relics to make fun

4. Member of clergy


II. Characters

W. Host

1. Personality

a. friendly b. giving

c. bold d. wise

e. tactful f. happy

g. joker

2. He had bright eyes and wide hips

3. Leader- suggested telling stories

a. two on the way

b. two on the way back

c. best story gets dinner


III. The Journey

1. Draw straws to see who goes first

a. Knight

b. Prioress

c. Oxford Cleric

2. Knight tells first story


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