Chaucer's Pilgrims: An Historical Guide to the Pilgrims in by Robert Thomas Lambdin, Laura Lambdin

By Robert Thomas Lambdin, Laura Lambdin

To have a transparent realizing of Chaucer's Canterbury stories, the reader must find out about the vocations of the pilgrims. For a few six hundred years, this knowledge has been tough to find. This reference presents an in depth old description of the occupations of Chaucer's pilgrims. An access is dedicated to every vacationer, and the entries have related codecs to foster comparability. every one access discusses the old day-by-day regimen of the pilgrim's profession, the portrayal of the career in Chaucer's poem, and the connection among the story and Chaucer's "General Prologue."

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93). Portrait miniatures of the pilgrims from the Ellesmere MS (now in the Huntington Library) were completed early in the fifteenth century, within twenty years of the poet's death. Therefore, they would be relatively accurate portrayals of the pilgrims. The Squire's mount ' 'rises in a posture called courbetting (or curvetting). . [which] suggests the social aspiration and possibly the travels of the rider" (Hussey 29). As Chaucer describes him, the Squire's portrait reveals "the poet's admiration for the Squire.

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The Caxton translation of Raymond Lull's Book of the Ordre of Chyvalry, for example, states that "it behoveth [a knight] that there be gyven to hym a squyer & a servaunt that may take hede to his horse" (19). Anything less, presumably, would be an affront to his honor. " (317-320) Robyn then lends this indigent knight Lytell Johnn to serve him in a "yeman's stede" (323). Because Chaucer's Knight rides with a minimal retinue, some readers have interpreted this to indicate that he is a very low-ranking member of the nobility or that he is a knight who is now down-on-his-luck financially.

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