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Wife of Bath- Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London in 1340 Fuller 12 Geoffrey Chaucers fortunes were closely bound with these of John Of Gaunt the son-in-law to the Earl of Derby Fuller 12 Around the year 1380 Geoffrey Chaucer was charged with rape by a woman named Cecily Chaumpaigne Williams 28 It is most likely that a distinguishable character such as Chaucer would not have been guilty of this charge However the word rape probably referred to abducting rather than assaulting a woman as it means today Halliday 68 Cecily Chaumpaigne in 1380 released Chaucer of all charges of raptu meo a phrase that could be interpreted as seizing me Williams 28 It is possible that this allegation of rape brought on to Chaucer by Cecily Chaumpaigne is the very reason behind the Tale of the Wife of Bath The wife of Bath was a plump florid jolly bold lusty and voluptuous woman She was the most valuable of women The wife of bath cannot resist telling her companions about all of her sexual experiences She has had five husbands Her husbands fell into two categories The first category of husbands was rich but also old and unable to fulfill her demands sexually that is The other husbands were sexually vigorous but harder to control The first three were rich old and jealous She tamed them by accusing them of promiscuous behavior that she herself practiced Her fourth husband had a mistress so she gave him a real cause for jealousy Halliday 119 At the funeral of her first husband she fell in love with the legs of an Oxford clerk Although he was half her age he became her fifth husband This marriage was unhappy because he beat her To anger her fifth
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