Societal Classes of the Medieval Era and of Today

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It influences the education one can receive, what work they are eligible to do, and their position in their world as a whole. In The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer explores a variety of positions in medieval society through his characters. The feudal hierarchy Chaucer explored over 600 years ago such as the clergy, the middle class, and the nobility are all comparable to the societal classes of today’s world. The first, and most influential class, would be the clergy. These people some might describe as “those who pray.” The clergy is a special case as it does not have a strict position the feudal hierarchy. For example, friars and priests would be considered on par with peasants and commoners respectively. On the other hand, the pope himself easily rivaled the king in terms of power. The organized institution of Christianity and its members are still extremely comparable today. They both still dedicate their lives to God and service his Will, while controversially there are members whose integrity are similar to some of the Clergy members in The Canterbury Tales. Like the friar, there are members today who knew “every innkeeper and barmaid too better than lepers, beggars and that crew” (pg.103, -245-6). That is too say, despite being a “messenger of God,” their behavior is still commonly seen as less than Godly today. Of course there are still excellent…

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