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The Witness of Chaucer<sup>1</sup>

Christopher N. L. Brooke

in The Medieval Idea of Marriage

Published in print June 1994 | ISBN: 9780198205043
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676468 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205043.003.0008

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

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This chapter discusses Chaucer and the allusions, views, and interpretations he had about marriage, love, and sexuality as seen in his poems and literary works. In this chapter, his Wife of Bath, which provides a satirical view of the role of wives and husbands, reflects a plain image of the obvious facts in human relationships. Included as well is his Book of the Duchess, a poem that looks at eternal love and the seemingly impermanence of marriage. His Canterbury Tales along with other poems are discussed as well. These poems present a myriad of marriage problems and issues on human relationships and human love.

Keywords: Chaucer; marriage; views; love; sexuality; poems; Wife of Bath; wives; husbands; human relationship

Chapter.  5502 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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