74309d7132 It is rather obvious from some of the tales told by the pilgrims, and particularly tales told by some of those connected with the ecclesiastical organization, that the church of Chaucer's time had fallen upon evil days. The Shipman's Tale. The Miller's Prologue and Tale. The Franklin's Prologue and Tale. External links. Section XV - The Monks Prologue and Tale. Through his fathers connections, he began his official duties as page to the Countess of Ulster, the wife of Lionel, second son to the king, Edward III. Preface. The Physician's Tale. Chaucer uses the form, possibly based on knowledge of Boccaccios Decameron gained on a visit to Italy in 1373, to provide a highly varied portrait of his society, both secular and religious.
He married Philippa de Roet, lady-in-waiting to the queen, and sister to Katherine Swynford, John of Gaunts third wife, and flourished under John of Gaunts patronage. Consequently, as the Parson says in his prologue, he would not tell a story simply to amuse or entertain, so instead, he offers a sermon. (Ibid, Lines 521-3). The Canterbury Tales A Complete Translationinto Modern English by Ronald L. Section XVI - The Nuns Priests Prologue, Tale and Epilogue. Section VIII - The Clerks Prologue and Tale. Chaucer subsequently served as courtier, diplomat and civil servant while also establishing his poetic reputation. Section X - The Squires Prologue and Tale.