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Sex and Lust: ‘The Merchant's Tale’, ‘The Reeve's Tale’, and other Tales

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/9780199248674.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

A summary of ecclesiastical views on sex introduces the observation that medieval doctrine on the ‘sexual debt’ of marriage was covertly asymmetrical — an asymmetry based on an active/passive gender ... More


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