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Doing Things With History Although Who Murdered Chaucer? certainly tests the boundaries of academic scholarship, it is still recognizably what academics and their publishers call a “monograph.” Similarly, the work you have done thus far on the literary and historical analysis

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“Chaucers Wordes unto Adam, His Owne Scriveyn:” Review of Interpretations Concerning the Poem

In “Wordes unto Adam, his own Scriveyn,” Chaucer critiques his scribe’s copying abilities. Several different interpretations of the poem exist; these include a superficial interpretation concerning only what is apparent from the text, an allegorical interpretation of Original Sin and

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Chaucer and his Scribe

In “Words unto Adam His Own Scriveyne”, Chaucer uses sarcasm and wit, to expose the relationship between scribes and writers during medieval times. There has been much speculation. It is unclear whether the poem is a verse written as folly

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A Literary Analysis on “Womanly Noblesse”

“Womanly Noblesse,” one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s earlier short poems, reflects some of the author’s own feminist views as he incorporates a gender role reversal through his characters. During medieval times, men represented authority figures while women played the role of

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The Pardoner’s Tale and the Canterbury Tales as a Death Warrant

In week five of our class we discussed Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale” (the prologue and the tale itself) and “The Canterbury Tales as a Death Warrant” chapter from the Jones text. We talked about Chaucer’s depictions of members of the

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Knights, Peasants, and Alchemists, Oh My!

The Knight’s, Miller’s, and Canon’s Yeoman’s Tales     Knights   In class this week, the three tales we read from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales were the Knight’s Tale, the Miller’s Tale, and the Canon’s Yeoman Tale.  The first of these,

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The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale and Alchemy

Picture of a Surplice, a traditional priest’s garment that the Canon’s Yeoman wore.   The Planetary metals and their respective alchemical symbols, including the “Seven Bodies” mentioned by the Yeoman (The sun (gold), the moon (silver), Mars (iron), Mercury

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Alchemy in the Middle Ages

Of the images that we had the opportunity to look at, this one reminded us of the passage in “The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale,” in which the tools used in alchemy are described: “Violes, croslets, and sublymatories, /Cucurbites, and alembykes eek,

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Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale Pictures

Alchemy   A Yeoman   Canons    

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Chaucer’s Heroines

The portrayal of women by Geoffrey Chaucer is a topic that to this day inspires thought provoking debate. Two interesting characters are Grisildis, from The Clerk’s Tale, and Custance, from the Man of Laws Tale. Both women, while either major

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