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The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer

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Blamires, Alcuin. Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Brown, Peter, ed. A Companion to Chaucer. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers, reprint edition 2002.

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Riverside Chaucer. Ed. Larry Benson. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987.

Cooper, Helen. The Structure of The Canterbury Tales. London: Duckworth Press, 1983.

Howard, Donald. The Idea of The Canterbury Tales. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976.

Knapp, Peggy A. Chaucer and the Social Contest. New York: Routledge, 1990.

Pearsall, Derek. The Canterbury Tales. London: G. Allen & Unwin, 1985, reprint edition 1993.

Wetherbee, Winthrop. Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition 2003.

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pardoners tale

by sons88, October 06, 2013

his story begins off with him telling everyone about drunken Flemish people.
then talks about their vices
he is very hypercritical
hates swearing
story is about a guy who poisons everyone else so that he could have all the gold
his tale ends with him trying to sell relics even though he told everyone in his prologue that they are fake

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Whose side is he on?!

by MrsD23, September 25, 2014

I'm not finding any hint as to which side Chaucer took regarding the Peasants Revolt, the poor or the rich. Opinion based question I'm sure but I couldn't even begin to say. Any ideas?

Jealous John?

by EmilyisSOgay, November 24, 2014

After further inspection I'd like to point out that John doesn't actually seem all that jealous. Just because the narrator says he is doesn't mean his actions point that way. He leaves Alisoun alone with Nicholas and he lets her listen to Absolon's love song.

Perhaps John is simple "sely" or naive, rather than jealous. He says he loves her more than his life, so maybe John is just blinded to her betrayal because he loves his wife so much. That might be a better moral to the story. He still cares about the earthly world (his wife) mor

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