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Near the turn of the fourteenth century the art of composing romantic poetry entertained the inhabitants of northwestern England Many highly educated men participated in this art and form of entertainment Most created tales termed epics were also very important to the history of the individual authors nation or race One of the three great epic poets of this period Geoffrey Chaucer fashioned a collection of tales that was both unique and everlasting This collection of short stories entitled the Canterbury Tales was unlike any other epic poem of the time period Instead of following the traditional format for writing an epic poem which included writing about several characters of high social standing Chaucer gave his readers a taste of social variety by involving various characters from a spectrum of social classes In the Canterbury Tales this diverse group of characters was individually responsible for narrating two stories while on a pilgrimage that journeyed from Southwark to Canterbury and two stories while on the return trip from Canterbury to Southwark Chaucer only finished twenty-two of these narratives before his death in 1400 Still through the twenty-two stories he did write he managed to capture the culture and mind set of Englands occupants during this transitional period between the medieval and Renaissance era This marked change in times in which medieval man insisted upon being a member of the spiritual community and thought that the individual had no right to test the truths of time conflicted with the Renaissance man who disputed the catholic norm and thought it right to form his own separate social groups Geoffrey Chaucer best illustrates this drastic change in times in one of his twenty-two stories included in the Canterbury Tales titled the Wife of Baths Prologue and Tale In this excellent piece of literary work a woman the Wife of Bath tests the biblical and moral standards of the time The Wife of Bath in her prologue explains her life
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