Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

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Following the fall of the great Roman Empire a new age was born, the age of knights in shining amour and the great kings in stone castles. Yet, it was also a chaotic time, War and plague was a disease upon Europe. Countries fought for land, resources, and above all, the attention of God. The world was young and so was the English Language. Few writers wrote in English, the language of the commoners, as French and Latin was the Language of the powerful élite. Yet one writer dared to speak against the feudal society of which he was born into. Geoffrey Chaucer served most of his life in the employment of the crown, as both a soldier and a clerk. Yet through all of these titles, Chaucer would be forever immortalized as Geoffrey Chaucer the …show more content…
Chaucer simply says that if these crusades were in the name of God, why must the knights feel they need their sins forgiven? The crusades were immoral and the greed of man, Chaucer believes that the crusades were in no way the work of God, and wrong in every way. This is satire because Chaucer doesn’t come right out and say it; he goes around the direct approach and still gets his message across. The Crusades are wrong and that the Christian rulers that control the armies are also wrong. Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury tales contain numerous characters that in some way have a direct connection to the flawed, yet almighty Catholic Church. One such figure is the Nun, or Prioress. She represents some of the hypocrisy that polluted the church. Chaucer describes the nun as having “…little dogs she would be feeding/ with roasted flesh, or milk, or fine white bread” (Chaucer “The Canterbury tales: The Prologue” 131). This passage is important simply because the medieval era was a time of great poverty. The commoners were crippled financially due to high taxes to the knight, and a heavy tithe to the church. It seemed quite wrong for such rich and elegant food to be wasted on dogs, while people paying for this food starved on the streets. One would believe that the money from the tithe would be used by the church in a way of bettering the life of its worshipers, and not feeding the dogs of the nun. Chaucer points this out because he feels
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