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Canterbury Tales

by: Edyth Hackett

Canterbury Tales ENL 113B

Edyth Hackett
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Edyth Hackett on Wednesday September 9, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to ENL 113B at University of California - Davis taught by Staff in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 48 views. For similar materials see /class/191970/enl-113b-university-of-california-davis in Foreign Language at University of California - Davis.


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Date Created: 09/09/15
ENL113B Lecture 1 September 23 2011 o Chaucer in context 0 O O O O O O O O O O 43 AD Roman Conquest of Britain 410 Romans Withdraw 871899 Reign of Alfred the Great I All learning is in Latin and all written knowledge is in Latin But spoken language is Old English 4501150 The Old English Period 1066 Norman Conquest of England William the Conqueror takes over 11501500 The Middle English Period I Combination of Old English and AngloNorman 11541189 Reign of Henry II 1170 Martyrdom of Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury 13431400 Life of Geoffrey Chaucer I Lived under three kings so easy to organize his life that way I He was the son ofa wine merchant but his family was also able to buy him a position into the royal household Had experience with merchant class as well as nobility Edward I 13271377 this was a great time for Chaucer He was probably a page for the royal court He was given a position as a royal diplomat later He traveled to Italy twice once in 1372 and another time in 1378 This probably had a great impact in his literary life He was also a tax collector for the wool trade Richard II 13771400 During this time Richard was only 10 years old when he became king The court was an important place because everyone was around trying to direct Richard A time of instability A great time for Chaucer s poetry In the 1390s is when we think he wrote most of the Canterbury tales 13481349 The Black death 1500 Early Modern English 0 Key terms 0 O 0 Frame Tale I Canterbury Pilgrimage is a frame tale because there is the tale of them traveling and then separate tales within that Tales within tales within tales Estates Satire I There are three estates in medieval culture priestclerk knight and peasant All represented in general prologue but also have people who are not easily catalogued Do the members of these estates live up to the ideal that is laid out for them Courtly Love


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