The Canterbury Tales


The Squire

The Squire is the Knight’s son. While the Knight is the embodiment of a heroic knight, the Squire is very typical of the hero in a courtly romance. He is very attractive and spends much of his time flirting and in the pursuit of love. These are not portrayed as frivolous traits, and the Narrator does not appear to look down upon the Squire because of this. On the contrary, the Squire is described as being a very capable warrior who has proven to be an asset to his father, the Knight, when they have gone into battle. However, it is critical to realize that the Squire’s main pursuit appears to be the pursuit of love. He is well-versed in those talents that would have been associated with the stereotypical courtly lover. He can play the flute, ride a horse, draw, and write. The Squire is probably more of an example of the type of knights featured in the Knight’s tale than the Knight himself is.

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