Exploring Canterbury. A Study of The Canterbury Tales. Table of Contents. The Journey Begins . . . England in the Middle Ages Focus question Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales Travelers to Canterbury
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A Study of The Canterbury Tales
In October 1066, a daylong battle near Hastings, England, changed the course of history.
Fleas on rats carried the bubonic plague which killed thousands of people. in Europe.
Discover the answer by reading The Canterbury Tales and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
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Allegory: an extended metaphor that uses persons and objects as examples of abstract concepts.
2. Beast Fable: a story in which all or most of the characters are animals who behave like humans, creating a satire or parody of serious literature
Fabliaux: a comic folk tale with satire and base humor, often at the expense of a fool or naive character.
Exemplum/Sermon: a morality tale or anecdote that relates a single focused incident with an illustrative purpose.
5. Courtly Romance: "Romance" originally referred not to a specific literary genre but to the vernacular French language which was called romanz (meaning that it was derived from the language spoken by the Romans, i.e. Latin). French and other languages derived from Latin, such as Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, are still referred to as "Romance Languages" today. In the 12th century, literature which was written down in the French vernacular was referred to as "romance" to distinguish it from "real" literature, which was invariably written in Latin. Gradually, the term "romance" began to refer not to any narrative written in the French vernacular, but to the specific sort of narrative literature that was most popular among the French-speaking court audiences of France and Anglo-Norman England: stories of the chivalric adventures of knights and their ladies, often set at the court of King Arthur.