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The Summoner and His Tale in the Canerbur Tales by Goffergy Chaucer

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There were many different jobs during the Middle Ages. These jobs belonged to many different people with many different characteristics. In the series of tales The Canterbury Tales, author Geoffrey Chaucer writes about a group of people with different occupations during the Middle Ages. Who are going on a pilgrimage to the sacred town of Canterbury. Chaucer gives a detailed description of each character traveling to Canterbury. During this trek to Canterbury each of the passengers tells a different tale that Chaucer has chosen for them. When Chaucer described the Summoner he started with he had a face on fire like a cherubim, which, in medieval art means a little angel with a rosy face (Chaucer). He had carbuncles on his face which are…show more content…
The ecclesiastical court was run by the church here citizens had to repent for the major church laws that they had broken (Alford, Mark). Some of the laws that people were summoned for are not tithing, adultery, telling a lie, etc (Alford, Mark). The Summoner should be a holy person who never breaks any of these laws, but from Chaucer’s description of this Summoner he breaks at least one of these laws on a regular basis (Chaucer, Geoffrey). Chaucer does this to show what the church is turning into. He is trying to warn the people that the leaders of the church are against each other and corrupt. There is a specific reason that Chaucer gets the Summoner to tell that tale that he shares with the group. The Summoner is angry after hearing the Friar’s tale. He then sarcastically suggests that the Friar told a well-documented story since friars and fiends are always good friends (Chaucer, Geoffrey). The Summoner then makes a point about Friars in general telling a story of how twenty thousand Friars came from under Satan’s tail and that not all Friars are holy (Chaucer, Geoffrey). The Summoner then tells a tale of how a Friar goes around promising prayer for items people would give him, and then never sends the prayers (Chaucer, Geoffrey). The Friar then goes on to tell that the Friar fondles a sick elder man’s wife and kisses her on the cheek, then proceeds to tell the sic man that anger is not the way to go about things (Chaucer,
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