"The Sins of Madame Eglentyne", and Other Essays on Chaucer

University of Delaware Press, 1995 - 201 pagina's
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The essays in this single-author collection are principally concerned with Madame Eglentyne, the demure and elegant prioress depicted in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Richard Rex contends that how we think about Chaucer as a Christian depends largely on our interpretation of the Prioress's Tale, which in turn is linked to the brilliant portrait of Madame Eglentyne in the General Prologue.
While each essay can stand alone in that Rex has approached Madame Eglentyne and her tale with a number of different considerations in mind, together they contribute to our understanding of this Canterbury pilgrim in important ways. Scholars lament the fact that Chaucer refrains from stating opinions - that he seems to have no axes to grind, never chooses sides, and always defers to the authority of others. In the Prioress's Tale, however, Chaucer reveals more of his moral thought than in any of his other works, for in this tale he juxtaposes the theme of martyrdom and vengeance with Christ's crucifixion and the concept of charity.

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Chaucer and the Jews
Chaucers Censured Ballads
Pastiche as Irony in the Prioresss Prologue and Tale
Wild Horses Justice and Charity in the Prioresss Tale
Grey Eyes and the Medieval Ideal of Feminine Beauty
Why the Prioresss Gauds Are Green
Why the Prioress Sings through Her Nose
Madame Eglentyne and the Bankside Brothels
The Sins of Madame Eglentyne
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Pagina 34 - I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Pagina 63 - This gemme of chastite, this emeraude, And eek of martirdom the ruby bright, Ther he with throte ykorven lay upright, He "Alma redemptoris" gan to synge So loude, that al the place gan to rynge.
Pagina 119 - Everich, for the wisdom that he kan, Was shaply for to been an alderman. For catel hadde they ynogh and rente, And eek hir wyves wolde it wel assente; And elles certeyn were they to blame. It is ful fair to been ycleped "madame," And goon to vigilies al bifore, And have a mantel roialliche ybore.
Pagina 101 - Dominican tells how the wealthy provide for their dogs more readily than for the poor, more abundantly and more delicately too; so that, where the poor are so famished that they would greedily devour bran-bread, dogs are squeamish at the sight of wafer-bread, and spurn what is offered them, trampling it under their feet. They must be offered the daintiest flesh, the firstling and choicest produce of every dish. If, glutted, they refuse it, then, as though they were infirm, there is a wailing over...
Pagina 72 - Unde vos moneo, dilectissimi, pure semper ac strenue divinis interesse laudibus. Strenue quidem, ut sicut reverenter, ita et alacriter Domino assistatis: non pigri, non somnolenti, non oscitantes, non parcentes vocibus, non praecidentes verba dimidia, non integra transilientes, non fractis et remissis vocibus muliebre quiddam balba de nare sonantes; sed virili, ut dignum est...
Pagina 96 - He which that hath the shorteste shal bigynne. Sire Knyght," quod he, "my mayster and my lord, Now draweth cut, for that is myn accord. Cometh neer,
Pagina 108 - In hire ne lakked no condicioun That is to preyse, as by discrecioun. As wel in goost as body chast was she...
Pagina 45 - Lord of grace moost excyllent, ffor be his powere alle thinge doth multyplye. 3ef ony Crystyn be so hardy his feyth to denye. Or onys to erre ageyns his lawe ; On gebettys with cheynes I xal hangyn hym heye, And with wylde hors tho tray torys xal 1 drawe.
Pagina 136 - Muriel Bowden, A Commentary on the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales (New York, 1948), 1-18, for a sketch of the social and political conditions in England during the I38o's.
Pagina 91 - Moreover in the 44. of Edward the third, John Chichester being maior of London, I read in the visions of Pierce Plowman, a booke so called, as followeth. There ieas a careful commune when no cart came...

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