He promises to keep everyone happy, be their guide and arbiter in disputes, and judge the tales. The Knight Socially the most prominent person on the pilgrimage, epitomizing chivalry, truth, and honor. He stands apart from the other pilgrims because of his dignity and status. The Miller A drunken, brash, and vulgar man who rudely interrupts the Host, demands that his tale be next, and warns everyone that his tale about a carpenter will be vulgar because it is true.
Origins[ edit ] Chaucer as a pilgrim from the Ellesmere manuscript Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London sometime aroundthough the precise date and location of his birth remain unknown. His father and grandfather were both London vintners ; several previous generations had been merchants in Ipswich.
His family name derives from the French chausseur, meaning "shoemaker". Career[ edit ] While records concerning the lives of his contemporary friends, William Langland and the Pearl Poetare practically non-existent, since Chaucer was a public servant, his official life is very well documented, with nearly five hundred written items testifying to his career.
The first of the "Chaucer Life Records" appears inin the household accounts of Elizabeth de Burghthe Countess of Ulsterwhen he became the noblewoman's page through his father's connections,  a common medieval form of apprenticeship for boys into knighthood or prestige appointments.
The countess was married to Lionel, Duke of Clarencethe second surviving son of the king, Edward IIIand the position brought the teenage Chaucer into the close court circle, where he was to remain for the rest of his life.
He also worked as a courtier, a diplomat, and a civil servant, as well as working for the king from to as Clerk of the King's Works.
Inhe was captured during the siege of Rheims. Chaucer crest A unicorn's head with canting arms of Roet below: Possibly funeral helm of his son Thomas Chaucer After this, Chaucer's life is uncertain, but he seems to have travelled in France, Spain, and Flanderspossibly as a messenger and perhaps even going on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
AroundChaucer married Philippa de Roet. It is uncertain how many children Chaucer and Philippa had, but three or four are most commonly cited.
His son, Thomas Chaucerhad an illustrious career, as chief butler to four kings, envoy to France, and Speaker of the House of Commons. Thomas's daughter, Alicemarried the Duke of Suffolk. Thomas's great-grandson Geoffrey's great-great-grandsonJohn de la Pole, Earl of Lincolnwas the heir to the throne designated by Richard III before he was deposed.
Chaucer's "Treatise on the Astrolabe" was written for Lewis. He became a member of the royal court of Edward III as a valet de chambreyeomanor esquire on 20 Junea position which could entail a wide variety of tasks.
His wife also received a pension for court employment. He travelled abroad many times, at least some of them in his role as a valet. Two other literary stars of the era were in attendance: Jean Froissart and Petrarch.
Around this time, Chaucer is believed to have written The Book of the Duchess in honour of Blanche of Lancasterthe late wife of John of Gaunt, who died in of the plague.
Numerous scholars such as Skeat, Boitani, and Rowland  suggested that, on this Italian trip, he came into contact with Petrarch or Boccaccio. They introduced him to medieval Italian poetrythe forms and stories of which he would use later.
Later documents suggest it was a mission, along with Jean Froissart, to arrange a marriage between the future King Richard II and a French princess, thereby ending the Hundred Years War. If this was the purpose of their trip, they seem to have been unsuccessful, as no wedding occurred.
It has been speculated that it was Hawkwood on whom Chaucer based his character the Knight in the Canterbury Tales, for a description matches that of a 14th-century condottiere. A 19th-century depiction of Chaucer A possible indication that his career as a writer was appreciated came when Edward III granted Chaucer "a gallon of wine daily for the rest of his life" for some unspecified task.
This was an unusual grant, but given on a day of celebration, St George's Day, when artistic endeavours were traditionally rewarded, it is assumed to have been another early poetic work.
Geoffrey Chaucer (/ for a description matches that of a 14th-century condottiere. A 19th-century depiction of Chaucer. Like Speght's Chaucer, Foxe's Chaucer was also a shrewd (or lucky) political survivor. In his edition, Foxe . Start studying Canterbury Tales Characters. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Therefore, the description of the prioress in the prologue to Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales convey that she aspired to courtly life and behaved like a court lady rather than a nun. 3 votes/5(27).
It is not known which, if any, of Chaucer's extant works prompted the reward, but the suggestion of him as poet to a king places him as a precursor to later poets laureate. Chaucer continued to collect the liquid stipend until Richard II came to power, after which it was converted to a monetary grant on 18 April Chaucer obtained the very substantial job of comptroller of the customs for the port of London, which he began on 8 June His life goes undocumented for much of the next ten years, but it is believed that he wrote or began most of his famous works during this period.The Host (Harry Bailey) The owner of the Tabard Inn, who volunteers to travel with the pilgrims.
He promises to keep everyone happy, be their guide and arbiter in disputes, and judge the tales. The Knight Socially the most prominent person on the pilgrimage, epitomizing chivalry, truth, and honor.
Because the narrator writes down his impressions of the pilgrims from memory, whom he does and does not like, and what he chooses and chooses not to remember about the characters, tells us as much about the narrator’s own prejudices as it does about the characters themselves.
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio contains more parallels to The Canterbury Tales than any other work. Like the Tales, While some readers look to interpret the characters of The Canterbury Tales as historical figures, other readers choose to interpret its significance in less literal terms.
After analysis of Chaucer's diction and.
Learn list character description with free interactive flashcards. Choose from different sets of list character description flashcards on Quizlet. Chaucer's Description of "Reeve" By Alek Kesselring Reeve and his Occupations: Reeve was a carpenter of first rate skill.
He also manages someone elses property or farmland, with this he takes care of livestock and various crops. Start studying Canterbury Tales Prologue Study Guide. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools.
His words, along with his actions and Chaucer's description, illustrate that he is a near-perfect host. How would you describe Chaucer's tone toward his characters throughout the Prologue?
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