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
The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale Timeline
|1330||John Gower born|
|1331||William Langland born|
|1337||Hundred years war begins|
|1340||Geoffrey Chaucer born|
|1341||Petrarch crowned Poet Laureate in Rome|
|1346||Battle of Crecy|
|1347||England captures Calais|
Black Death breaks out in England
Order of the Garter established
|1350||First paper-mill built in England||Pride of Life Morality play|
|1352||Winner and Waster alliterative poem|
|1357||Chaucer enters the household of the Countess of Ulster|
|1359||Chaucer captured by French soldiers - Edward III contributes to ransom costs|
|1360||First version of Langland's Piers Plowman appears||
Chaucer works as a diplomat in negotiations with the French king
1360s: Chaucer marries Philippa de Roet, has children
For the first time, the King addresses parliament in English, not French
English declared official language of law courts
|Approximate date, Piers Plowman A-text|
|1365||? late 1360s: Chaucer writes The Book of the Duchess|
|1367||Chaucer given a life pension by Edward III|
1360s - 1370s: Chaucer travels to Italy, ?Spain, Flanders, Paris
(-1387) Chaucer's early writings: dream visions, translations Troilus and Criseyde
|1373||(-1388) Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love (short and long versions)|
|1374||Government controlled by John of Gaunt||
Chaucer given the post of Controllership of Customs and Subsidy of Wools, Skins and Hides in the Port of London
Mid 1370s: Chaucer begins work on The House of Fame
John Wycliffe preaches disendowment of clergy
The heir-apparent, the Edward, Prince of Wales, dies
|Earliest record of York mystery plays|
Richard II becomes king, grandson of Edward III
Edward III dies
|Approximate date of Piers Plowman B-text||Chaucer appoints a deputy in the customs|
|1378||Great Schism (-1417), rival popes in Rome and Avignon|
|1380||Cloud of Unknowing||Early 1380s: Chaucer writes The Parlement of Fowles|
Wat Tyler leads the Peasants' Revolt
University of Oxford condemns Wycliffe's teachings
|1382||Wycliffite complete translation of Bible|
|1384||Mid 1380s: Chaucer writes Troilus and Criseyde|
|1385||Gower's Vox Clamantis (L.)|
|1386||Gower's Confessio Amantis (ME)||Chaucer gives up Controllership of Customs but appointed Knight of the Shire of Kent|
|1387||Chaucer's (-1400) Canterbury Tales|
|1388||Wycliffe produces first English translation of the Bible|
|1389||Richard II appoints Chaucer as Clerk of the Works|
1390-93: John Gower writes Confessio Amantis
Piers Plowman C-text
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Patience, Cleanness
|1391||Chaucer appointed Deputy Forester at Petherton, Somerset|
|1392||Earliest mention of Coventry plays|
|1394||Mid 1390s: A large proportion of the Canterbury Tales completed|
|1399||Richard II overthrown by Henry IV, cousin of Richard II||Henry IV awards Chaucer a new pension. Chaucer moves to a house in the grounds of Westminster Abbey|
|1400||Welsh rebellion led by Owain Glyndwr||William Langland dies||Chaucer dies in October|
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