The Canterbury Tales Notes

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* Knight
* Leader of pilgrimage
* Wore tunic stained with dark marks from his armor
* Possessed fine horses but not gaily dressed
* Most distinguished one, leader
* Man of chivalry, truth, honor, generosity, courtesy
* Noble hero, honored for noble graces
* Was there when they took Alexandria (city in Egypt)
* Traveled to North America
* Lost at Granada
* Visited Russia, Prussia, Lithuania
* Traveled along Mediterranean coast, Anatolia
* Fought in 15 battles
* Second pilgrimage through Bay of Balat
* Respected, wise
* Always killed his man
* Perfect gentlemen, knight

* Squire
* Lover, cadet, passionate
* Curly hair, 20 years old
* Average height, agile, strong
* Picardy: serves in cavalry in Flanders, Artois
* Courageous deeds in hope to win a lady’s love
* Shirt: flower print; red and white
* Gown: short with long baggy sleeves
* Know how to ride and sit on horse
* Write and recite poems and songs
* Joust, dance, draw
* Courteous, loyal
* Played flute

* Yeoman
* Wearing green coat with hood
* Has peacock feather arrows
* Has brace on his arm
* Nut shaped head
* Brown face
* Woodcrafter
* Wears St. Christopher’s medal

* Nun
* Madam Eglantyne
* “love conquers all” engraved
* ‘A’ engraved on veil
* Elegant nose
* Prioress, second in charge
* In choir, sang
* Glassy grey eyes
* Small mouth, soft, red
* Speaks broken French
* Good manners
* Never messy
* Pleasant, friendly
* Big forehead
* Coral broach on arm
* Emotional
* Feed the dogs good food and milk
* Sentimental, friendly hearted

* Monk (Nun’s Priest)
* Hunts
* Manly man
* Good man to horse
* Grey hounds swift as birds
* Sleeves garnished at hands with grey fur
* Bald head
* Greasy face
* Fat and bulging eye balls
* Eats fat swan, roasted
* Ignored monastery rules
* Devotion: hunting and eating
* Brown horse, dainty horse

* Friar
* Playful, happy
* Licensed to beg
* Festive, likes to party
* Calmest in all four of the orders
* Four groups of friars
* Persuasive, sweet talker
* Counsels weddings
* Gives women gifts
* Noble to order
* Beloved by everyone
* Uses church for money
* Special license from pope two faced
* Befriend young woman/rich man who might be of services * Accepts bribes
* Administer sacraments
* More interested in saving money than people’s souls * Make a good living selling penances to poor widows
* Bad heart, very smart
* Sings well – Hurdy Gurdy
* Champ of singing

* Merchant
* Forking bears, multi-colored clothes
* Flemish fur hat
* Dainty boots with fashionable buckles
* High and confident on hourse
* Solemn tone
* Not one for jokes
* Opinions matter
* Often discusses his increase in money
* Sea-police for pirates in Harwich Holland
* Expert at investigating exchanges
* Quite impressive in administration loans, bargains, negotiations * In debt

* Oxford Clerk
* Poor student – studies philosophy
* Spends money on books and learning and fine clothes
* Speaks little
* When he talks, wise and full of virtue

* Sargent at Law
* Lawyer appointed by church and judge
* Conveyance – settle property dispute and handles deeds * Travels to countries to hear cases – justice of Assize * Won over other judges, people pay for my services
* Knew every judgment, case, crime ever recorded since King...
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