The Canterbury Tales


The Knight

The Knight is introduced at the beginning of the General Prologue when he rides at the head of the pilgrim’s procession. He embodies the romantic ideals of the time period: chivalry, honor, fidelity, generosity, and courtesy. He has been a loyal and fierce fighter, having fought in at least 15 of the Crusades. The underlying religious ideal of the Crusades was that these religious wars were necessary in order to help establish Christian dominance. Therefore, he has fought and killed Muslims, and his fellow pilgrims honor him because of that. However, while the Knight may be a capable and skilled warrior, he is not a violent or boastful man. On the contrary, he appears to be gentle and somewhat humble. In fact, the Knight seems opposed to violence or any type of strife. He is also troubled by the stories of the tragic falls, preferring to hear happier tales. His own story if full of the type of chivalry and adventure that one would expect from a knight during his time period.

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