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The Effects of Geoffrey Chaucer's Education on the Canterbury Tales The Medieval period was one of transformation. The great religious pilgrimages that occurred effected the course of history. Social set-ups were believed to be ordained by God and were not to be changed ( 1). Thus, Geoffrey Chaucer introduces each of the characters in the prologue of The Canterbury Tales and establishes their role in society. The church hierarchy was thought to be of …

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…society in which he lived are all apparent due to his extensive education. The Canterbury Tales offer an abundance of knowledge of the period as well as a window into certain professions ( 2). While serving as a historical document, the Tales fuse several levels of society together ( /chaucer/defense 2). It has been commented that "the noticeable thing about them (the Tales) is their normality" (Anderson 85).