Chaucer's Pilgrims: An Historical Guide to the Pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales

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Laura C. Lambdin, Robert T. Lambdin
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 398 pages
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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is one of the oldest and most widely studied works of English literature. The tales provide a glimpse of medieval life, and the professions of the pilgrims figure prominently in the poetry. To have a clear understanding of Chaucer's work, the reader needs to know about the vocations of the pilgrims. For some 600 years, this information has been difficult to locate. This reference work conveniently synthesizes and discusses information about the occupation of each of Chaucer's pilgrims and provides an historical context.

The volume contains individual entries for each of Chaucer's pilgrims, and the entries share a similar format to foster comparison. Each entry includes three parts. First, the pilgrim's profession is discussed in terms of the daily routine of the medieval occupation. Second, the vocation is examined in terms of its reflection in the tale told by the pilgrim. Third, the vocation and the tale are discussed, when possible, in relation to the descriptions of the characters provided in the General Prologue. Each entry includes a bibliography, and the volume concludes with a list of works for further reading.

 

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Contents

A Knyght Ther Was
1
A Yong Squier
14
A Yeman Had He
27
Ther Was Also A Nonne A Prioresse
38
Another Nonne With Hire Hadde She
47
And Preestes Thre
55
A Monk Ther Was A Fair for the Maistrie
69
A Frere Ther Was A Wantowne and a Meryee
80
A Shipman Ther Was Wonynge Fer By Weste
210
With Us Ther Was a Doctor of Phisik
220
A Good Wive Was Ther of Biside Bath
243
And Was a Povre Persoun of a Toun
256
With Hym Ther Was a Plowman Was His Brother
263
The Millere Was a Stout Carl for the Nones
271
A Gentil Maunciple Was Ther of a Temple
281
The Reve Was a Sclendre Colerik Man
288

A Marchant Was Ther With a Forked Berd
93
A Clerk Ther Was of Oxenford Also
108
A Sergeant of the Lawe War and Wyse
116
A Frankeleyn Was In His Compaignye
135
An Haberdasher
145
And a Carpenter
154
A Webbe
170
A Dyere
180
And a Tapycer
192
A Cook They Had With Hem For the Nones
199
A Sumonour Was Ther With Us In That Place
300
With Hym Ther Rood a Gentil Pardoner
314
Harry Bailly Chaucers Innkeeper
324
I demed Hym Som Chanoun For To Be
340
His Yeman Eek Was Ful of Curteisye
357
What Man Artow? The Narrator as Writer and Pilgrim
369
Selected Bibliography
385
Index
391
About the Editors and Contributors
395
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About the author (1999)

LAURA C. LAMBDIN teaches Professional Communications in the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business. Her areas of specialization include Medieval, Romantic, and Victorian Literature. The Arthurian legends popular during those three periods are of particular interest to her, and she has written many articles comparing various treatments of Arthurian material.

ROBERT T. LAMBDIN is Assistant Professor of English in the Provisional Year Program at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. His areas of specialization include Medieval, Old English, Renaissance, British, and Greek Drama. Of particular interest to him are the Middle English debate poems.

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