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Pardoners were granters of papal indulgences which means penance in exchange for charitable donations to the churchThe Canterbury Tales By Nevill Coghillpp 11 The Pardoner was a church official who had the authority from Rome to sell pardons to those charged with sins He had just returned from Rome with a bag full of pardons which he planned to sell to the ignorant at a great profit to himselfWorld Masterpieces By Sarah Lawall ed pp1531Of course many pardoners took to collecting profits for themselves as this one did however he was a master at it He carried around a bag full of fake relics for example he claimed to have the veil of the Virgin Mary World Masterpieces pp1531 And with these he would get donations even from the poor He made the person and the people his apes The Canterbury Tales pp17 He had a loud high pitched voice long yellow flowing hair and was beardless It is stated that he would never have a beard World masterpieces pp1531 Chaucer believes he was a gelding or a mare World Masterpieces pp1531 which suggests that he was a homosexual Clearly Chaucer finds the Pardoner to be the most distasteful of the travelers both because of his obvious fraud and his physical characteristics the long greasy hair and disheveled clothes This was generally associated with being untrustworthy and sneakyWorld Masterpieces pp1531 Still he has a gift for preaching when he does make it into church There was no one as good at his profession as him He knew how to sing and preach and frighten everyone into buying his pardons at a great priceThe Pardoners prologue is in the form of a confession He says that the love of money is the root of all evil World Masterpieces pp1573 But with each of his relics he emphasizes how it will bring the purchaser more money and he gains more money for himself Thus his love
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