The Canterbury Tales
A Character Sketch of Chaucer's Knight
Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, written in approximately
1385, is a collection of twenty-four stories ostensibly told by various
people who are going on a religious pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral from
London, England. Prior to the actual tales, however, Chaucer offers the
reader a glimpse of fourteenth century life by way of what he refers to as
a General Prologue. In this prologue, Chaucer introduces all of the
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century. As he does with all of his characters, Chaucer is producing a
stereotype in creating the knight. As noted above, Chaucer, in describing
the knight, is describing a chivalric ideal. The history of the Middle
Ages demonstrates that this ideal rarely was manifested in actual conduct.
Nevertheless, in his description of the knight, Chaucer shows the reader
the possibility of the chivalric way of life.
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