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Title: A Study of The Canterbury Tales


1
Exploring Canterbury
  • A Study of The Canterbury Tales

2
Table of Contents
  • The Journey Begins . . .
  • England in the Middle Ages
  • Focus question
  • Geoffrey Chaucer
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • Travelers to Canterbury
  • Chaucers Middle Ages Population
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • The Green Knight
  • Sir Gawain
  • Works Cited

3
The Journey Begins . . .
  • In October 1066, a daylong battle near
    Hastings, England, changed the course of history.

4
England in the Middle Ages
  • Feudalism replaced the Nordic social system.
  • The primary duty of males above the serf class
    was to serve in the militaryKnighthood.
  • Women had no political rights.
  • Chivalry and courtly love served as the system of
    social codes

5
England in the Middle Ages
  • Lower, middle, and upper-middle classes developed
    in the cities.

6
England in the Middle Ages
  • The Crusades extended from 1095-1270.
  • They brought contact with Eastern mathematics,
    astronomy, architecture, and crafts.

7
England in the Middle Ages
  • The Magna-Carta defeated papal central power.

8
England in the Middle Ages
  • The Hundred Years War (1337-1453) was the first
    national war waged by England.

9
England in the Middle Ages
  • The Black Death (1348-1349) brought the end of
    the Middle Ages.

Fleas on rats carried the bubonic plague which
killed thousands of people. in Europe.
10
Geoffrey Chaucer c. 1343-1400
  • Considered the father of English poetry
  • Wrote in the vernacular
  • Served as a soldier, government servant, and
    member of Parliament
  • Introduced iambic pentameter
  • First writer buried in Westminster Abbey
  • Learn more about Chaucer. Go to. . .
  • http//www.unc.edu/depts/chaucer/index.html

11
Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Son of vinter
  • Held civil service positions
  • Well-travelled
  • Read English, Latin, Italian, and French
  • His work was popular
  • He was praised for making English suitable for
    poetry

12
The Canterbury Tales
Snapshot of an Age
  • It frames a story of characters on a religious
    pilgrimage to Canterbury.
  • The characters are a concise portrait of an
    entire nation.
  • The pilgrimage is a quest narrative that moves
    from images of spring and awakening to penance,
    death, and eternal life.
  • The characters tell stories that reflect
    everyman in the universal pilgrimage of life.

13
The Prologue
  • People go on pilgrimages to see remnants
  • of saints
  • They go toward Canterbury in hopes
  • that Becket will cure them when they are sick
  • 29 pilgrims, stay at The Tabard Inn

14
The Travelers to Canterbury
15
The Travelers to Canterbury
16
The Travelers to Canterbury
17
Works Cited Home
  • Brown, Ian. The Green Knight. 2002. May 16,
    2003 lthttp//www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/gawmenu
    .htmgt.
  • Geoffrey Chaucer. Elements of Literature Sixth
    Course. Ed. Robert R. Hoyt. Austin, 1977. T99.
  • Pyle, Howard. Sir Gawain the Son of Lot, King of
    Orkney. 1903. May 16, 2003 lthttp//wwwlib.rochest
    er.edu/camelot/gawmenu.htmgt.
  • The Canterbury Tales A Snapshot of an Age.
    Elements of Literature Sixth Course. Ed. Robert
    R. Hoyt. Austin, 1977. T101-T104.
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