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A Character Sketch of Chaucers Knight Geoffrey Chaucers Canterbury Tales written in approximately1385 is a collection of twenty-four stories ostensibly told by variouspeople who are going on a religious pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral fromLondon England Prior to the actual tales however Chaucer offers thereader a glimpse of fourteenth century life by way of what he refers to asa General Prologue In this prologue Chaucer introduces all of thecharacters who are involved in this imaginary journey and who will tell thetales Among the characters included in this introductory section is aknight Chaucer initially refers to the knight as a most distinguishedman l 43 and indeed his sketch of the knight is highly complimentary The knight Chaucer tells us possessedFine horses but hewas not gaily dressed ll 69-70 Indeed the knight is dressed in acommon shirt which is stained where his armor had left mark l 72That is the knight is just home from service l 73 and is in such ahurry to go on his pilgrimage that he has not even paused before beginning The knight has had a very busy life as his fighting career hastaken him to a great many places He has seen military service in EgyptLithuania Prussia Russia Spain North Africa and Asia Minor where hewas of great value in all eyes l 63 Even though he has had a verysuccessful and busy career he is extremely humble Chaucer maintains thathe is modest as a maid l 65 Moreover he has never said a rude thingto anyone in his entire life cf ll 66-7 Clearly the knight possesses an outstanding characterChaucer gives to the knight one of the more flattering descriptions in theGeneral Prologue The knight can do no wrong he is an outstandingwarrior who has fought for the true faith--according to Chaucer--on threecontinents In the midst of all this contenton however
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