Canterbury Tales: Wife of Bath
Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London in 1340 (Fuller 12). Geoffrey
Chaucer's fortunes were closely bound with these of John Of Gaunt, the
son-in-law to the Earl of Derby (Fuller 12). Around the year 1380,
Geoffrey Chaucer was charged with rape by a woman named Cecily
Chaumpaigne (Williams 28). It is most likely that a distinguishable
character, such as Chaucer would not have been guilty of this charge.
However, the word "rape" probably referred to
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and control of her husbands. The knight did seek what
women desire most, and that is power. When someone has power over
someone else than they also have control.
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Twayne Publishers, 1987.