The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale Contents
- The Prologue: introductory comments
- Part one: l.1 'Experience' - l.76 'Cacche whoso may'
- Part two: l.77 'But this word' - l.134 'To purge uryne'
- Part three: l.135 'But if I seye noght' - l.162 ' Al this sentence'
- Part four: l.163 'Up sterte' - l.192 'For myn entente'
- Part five: l.193 'Now sires' - l.234 'Of hir assent'
- Part six: l.235 'Sire old kanyard' - l.307 'I wol hym noght'
- Part seven: l.308 'But tel me this' - l.378 'This know they'
- Part eight: l.379 'Lordinges, right thus' - l.452 'Now wol I speken'
- Part nine: l.453 'My forthe housebonde' - l.502 'He is now in the grave'
- Part ten: l.503 'Now of my fifthe housebond' - l.542 'Had told to me'
- Part eleven: l.543 'And so bifel' - l.584 'As wel of this'
- Part twelve: l.585 'But now, sire' - l.626 'How poore'
- Part thirteen: l.627 'What sholde I seye' - l.665 'I nolde noght'
- Part fourteen: l.666 'Now wol I seye' - l.710 'That women kan'
- Part fifteen: l.711 'But now to purpos' - l.771 'Somme han kem'
- Part sixteen: l.772 'He spak moore' - l.828 'Now wol I seye'
- Part seventeen: The after words l.829 'The frere lough' - l.856 'Yis dame, quod'
- The Wife of Bath's Tale: Introductory comments
- Part eighteen: l.857 'In the' olde days' - l.898 'To chese weither'
- Part nineteen: l.899 'The queen thanketh' - l.949 'But that tale is nat'
- Part twenty: l.952 'Pardee, we wommen' - l.1004 'These olde folk'
- Part twenty-one: l.1005 'My leve mooder' - l.1072 'And taketh his olde wyf'
- Part twenty-two: l.1073 'Now wolden som men' - l.1105 'Ye, certeinly'
- Part twenty-three: l.1106 'Now sire, quod she' - l.1176 'To lyven vertuously'
- Part twenty-four: l.1177 'And ther as ye' - l.1218 'I shal fulfille'he Holocaust and the creation of
- Part twenty-five: l.1219 'Chese now' - l.1264 'God sende hem'
- Reaction to the Wife's Tale
- Themes in The Wife of Bath's Tale
- The struggle for power in The Wife of Bath's Prologue
- The 'wo' that is in marriage
- The portrayal of gender in The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
- Desire and The Wife of Bath's Tale
- Is there justice in The Wife of Bath's Tale
- Social criticism in The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
- Marriage and sexuality in The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
- Mastery in The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
- Debate, dispute and resolution in The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
- Tale and teller in The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
Chaucer's early years
Chaucer was clearly well educated, possibly first at the excellent school attached to St Paul’s Cathedral. From knowledge of the general curriculum there and the evidence of his writing, quite a lot can be deduced about his early education:
- He obviously had excellent knowledge of French and Latin and close familiarity with Latin authors including Ovid and Virgil
- His schooling laid a basis of a wide knowledge of contemporary mathematics, information about the world, history and science
- He would have been well versed in knowledge of the Christian faith and of ethical conduct, seen as the most important component of educationIt is likely that he could read Italian as well.
More on Chaucer's Italian: He would not have learnt Italian at school but perhaps his father’s contacts in the wine trade led to a knowledge of Italian by both father and son. Undoubtedly, Chaucer’s Italian would have improved during his travels in that area.
Training in a princely household
- Military skills, riding and fighting
- Gentlemanly attitudes and principles
- Arts: singing, composition of poetry, music, dancing
- Bureaucratic expertise, administration, assisting with the complex organization of royal events and government.
- The city had many leading religious houses and places of learning
- There was a cosmopolitan population of merchants, clerics and people attached to princely households and the court
- Chaucer worked in princely households with fine libraries. He mentions owning forty books himself in The Legend of Good Women.
- Chaucer had an extraordinary range of knowledge, including some of the latest ideas about theology, science, astronomy, mathematics and history. He clearly had a voracious enthusiasm for new ideas and for engaging with contemporary intellectual, religious and political debates.
- His friends included foremost intellectuals such as the philosopher Ralph Strode of Oxford.
- To read (to varying degrees)
- To acquire learning
- To hold administrative positions.
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