This becomes the launching point for their mile, four-day religious journey to the shrine of St. Great blessing and forgiveness were to be heaped upon those who made the pilgrimage; relics of the saint were enshrined there, and miracles had been reported by those who prayed before the shrine. Chaucer's pilgrims, however, are not all traveling for religious reasons. Many of them simply enjoy social contact or the adventure of travel.
Synopsis[ edit ] There was a knight in King Arthur 's time who raped a fair young maiden.
King Arthur issues a decree that the knight must be brought to justice. When the knight is captured, he is condemned to death, but Queen Guinevere intercedes on his behalf and asks the King to allow her to pass judgment upon him.
The Queen tells the knight that he will be spared his life if he can discover for her what it is that women most desire, and allots him a year and a day in which to roam wherever he pleases and return with an answer.
Everywhere the knight goes he explains his predicament to the women he meets and asks their opinion, but "No two of those he questioned answered the same. When at last the time comes for him to return to the Court, he still lacks the answer he so desperately needs.
Outside a castle in the woods, he sees twenty-four maidens dancing and singing, but when he approaches they disappear as if by magic, and all that is left is an old woman. The Knight explains the problem to the old woman, who is wise and may know the answer, and she forces him to promise to grant any favour she might ask of him in return.
With no other options left, the Knight agrees. Arriving at the court, he gives the answer that women most desire sovereignty over their husbands, which is unanimously agreed to be true by the women of the court who, accordingly, free the Knight.
The old woman then explains to the court the deal she has struck with the Knight, and publicly requests his hand in marriage.
Although aghast, he realises he has no other choice and eventually agrees. On their wedding night the old woman is upset that he is repulsed by her in bed. She reminds him that her looks can be an asset—she will be a virtuous wife to him because no other men would desire her.
She asks him what he would prefer—an old ugly wife who is loyal, true and humble or a beautiful young woman about whom he would always have doubts concerning her faithfulness. The Knight responds by saying that the choice is hers, an answer which pleases her greatly.
Now that she has won power over him, she asks him to kiss her, promising both beauty and fidelity. The Knight turns to look at the old woman again, but now finds a young and lovely woman. They live happily into old age together. In the beginning the wife expresses her views in which she believes the morals of women is not merely that they all solely desire "sovereignty", but that each individual woman should have the opportunity to make the decision.
Well I know Abraham was a holy man, and Jacob as well, as far as I know, and each of them had more than two wives. And many other holy men did as well. When have you seen that in any time great God forbade marriage explicitly?
Tell me, I Pray you. The tale confronts the double standard and the social belief in the inherent inferiority of women, and attempts to establish a defence of secular women's sovereignty that opposes the conventions available to her.
Feminist critique[ edit ] The Wife of Bath's Prologue simultaneously enumerates and critiques the long tradition of misogyny in ancient and medieval literature.
As Cooper notes, the Wife of Bath's "materials are part of the vast medieval stock of antifeminism ",  giving St. Jerome 's Adversus Jovinianumwhich was "written to refute the proposition put forward by one Jovinianus that virginity and marriage were of equal worth", as one of many examples.
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Tel: In reading Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," I found. that of the Wife of Bath, including her prologue, to be the most. which the knight was the consummate righteous man. - The Knight's Tale in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales The Knight's Tale is one of the twenty-two completed Canterbury Tales by the celebrated English Writer Geoffrey Chaucer ().
The Canterbury Tales are a collection of stories that Chaucer began writing in , and planned to complete during his lifetime. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - The Nun’s Priest’s Tale - The Nun’s Priest’s Tale The tale told by the Nun’s Priest is a fable or story with animals as the main characters and .
JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. Topics: The Canterbury Tales, The Knight's Tale, Geoffrey Chaucer Pages: 2 ( words) Published: May 21, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a group of stories where pilgrims tell tales during their journey to a holy shrine in Canterbury.
The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories by Geoffrey Chaucer that was first published in