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Geoffrey Chaucers The Canterbury Tales was written in the late fourteenth century It is a compilation of short stories set in the Medieval Period England told by travelers who are going on a pilgrimage to the Cathedral at Canterbury Among the traveling band a Monk of likely Franciscan ties was a pilgrim of high rank and nobilityThe Monk in The Canterbury Tales ranks among the highest compared to the other pilgrims The Monk belonged to the ecclesiastical estate which was one relating to a church The church he belongs to is of Catholic origin and is hinted at by this line The Rule of good StBenet or StMaur He is likely a member of the order founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1209 an order that had concrete connections with the Roman Catholic Church The Roman Catholic Church at that time assumed much influence and power in England Even though the Monk is rich he does let his money corrupt his faith or character The Monk was fat and a personable priest who did not carry himself as a snob of the higher class He was basically respectful to the old and kind to the young The Monk also was more open to ideas and did not follow his faith where he found wrong For example he did not rate that text at a plucked hen Which says that hunters are not holy men He was also considered brave and righteous by Chaucers opinion And I agreed and said his views were sound The Monk is a wealthy man as shown by his appearance and greatly enjoys hunting reading books and deeply appreciates the finer things in life Was he to study till his head went round describes his long-term commitment to learning His many dainty a horses fine grey fur and wrought gold cunningly fashioned pin leads the reader to think that he enjoys living a comfortable life As old and strict he
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