Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation

You are looking at 1-20 of 28 items

  • Keywords: General Prologue x
Clear All Modify Search

View:

Fellowship and Detraction in the Architecture of the Canterbury Tales: from ‘The General Prologue’ and ‘The Knight's Tale’ to ‘The Parson's Prologue’

Alcuin Blamires

in Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199248674
eISBN:
9780191714696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248674.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The chapter links the primary role of friendship and fellowship in inherited ethics with the prominence of fellowship as a fragile ideal in the General Prologue, where it is announced only to be ... More


The Wife of Bath

Ruth Mazo Karras

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

The Wife of Bath and, by extension, Chaucer’s views on women, have been the subject of much debate. For some critics, she can be seen as a protofeminist character who expresses women’s resistance to ... More


Conclusion: Historicism and its Limits

Stephen H. Rigby (ed.)

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0027
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

The contributions to this volume demonstrate the range of methods which can be used in order to relate Chaucer’s ‘General Prologue’ to its historical context. In particular, they have addressed the ... More


Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Stephen Rigby (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

While literary scholars, under the influence of ‘historicist’ literary theory, have insisted on the need to understand Chaucer’s poetry in its historical context, medieval historians have made little ... More


The Cook

Christopher M. Woolgar

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

Chaucer’s Cook has been much less studied than many of his other pilgrims. Although we are told that the Cook is called Roger of Ware, it is impossible to identify any particular individual as the ... More


Reading Chaucer:Literature, History, and Ideology

Stephen H. Rigby (ed.)

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

Medieval philosophers and preachers offered an ideological defence of contemporary social inequalities of class, order, and gender and their lessons about the need for order, deference, and social ... More


The Summoner

Ian Forrest

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0024
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

While the Summoner is obviously a morally corrupt and physically repellent character, his characterization in the ‘General Prologue’ also relies upon a wide range of contemporary gossip, complaint, ... More


The Pardoner

Rosemary Horrox

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0025
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

No commentator has ever been in real doubt that the Pardoner is a crook, in his ecclesiastical role at least. Nevertheless, the Pardoner remains a slippery character, subject to a variety of ... More


The Knight

Stephen H. Rigby (ed.)

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

The Knight provides a perfect illustration of recent debates about Chaucer’s social meaning as all three of the main approaches to the poet—as conservative, radical, and open-ended—have been adopted ... More


The Yeoman

Anthony J. Pollard

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

Although he is often referred to as the ‘Knight’s Yeoman’, Chaucer’s text actually seems to indicate that the Yeoman is attendant on the Squire with the three men forming a gentle household in which ... More


The Franklin

Peter Coss

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

The Franklin, his social status, and his social morality have been the subject of much debate amongst critics and historians. On the one hand, his portrait has been seen as a satire of a parvenu who ... More


The Prioress and the Second Nun

Katherine J. Lewis

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

Although there has been a mass of work on the Prioress and the nature of her femininity, scholars have paid little attention to the relationship between her gender and her position of authority as ... More


The Sergeant of Law

Anthony Musson

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

Scholars have tended to view the portrait ofthe Sergeant in the ‘General Prologue’ as a fairly straightforward satirical portrait of a medieval lawyer,one in which admiration for his professional ... More


The Five Guildsmen

Gervase Rosser

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

Chaucer’s attitude towards the Five Guildsmen is not easy to determine and his portrait of them has been subject to many diverse readings. This chapter asks whether historical study of the medieval ... More


The Reeve

David Stone

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0023
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

The fact that Chaucer’s Reeve is said to come from Bawdeswell in Norfolk has led to much inconclusive discussion of which manor he was associated with and whether the Reeve was based on an actual ... More


The Basic Grammars and the Grammar-School Style

Christopher Cannon

in From Literacy to Literature: England, 1300–1400

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198779438
eISBN:
9780191824562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779438.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, World Literature

Grammar’s rules create subjects (“I,” “you”) and positions them in space and time; for some poets the process of grammaticalization made such rules available for artistic use. The techniques of ... More


The Monk

Martin Heale*

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

Chaucer’s depiction of the Monk has been the subject of much controversy. For some critics, the Monk is being satirized for failing to live up to the traditional monastic ideal, for others he is a ... More


The Friar

G. Geltner

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

For some writers, Chaucer’s portrait of the Friar, along with that of Friar John in the ‘Summoner’s Tale’, meant that Chaucer should appear in the gallery of medieval antifraternal authors, alongside ... More


The Merchant

Richard Goddard

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

Chaucer’s description of the Merchant has been the subject of a polarized debate. On the one hand, it is seen as a satirical portrait of an avaricious, shady, usurious, dishonest, and secretive ... More


The Doctor of Physic

Carole Rawcliffe

in Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689545
eISBN:
9780191802669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689545.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Poetry

Given the conflicting attitudes to medical knowledge and practice which existed in the Middle Ages, it is hardly surprising that the character, competence, and credentials of Chaucer’s Doctor of ... More


View: