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The Canterbury Tales written in the late 14th century by Geoffrey Chaucer is a collection of tales as told by a variety of stereotypes from differing social classes The longing poem provides insight to the lifestyles of the Medieval Age the relation of the church to the people the position of women in society what was seen as humorous and other norms of the time It is a collection of some 24 tales Chaucer had meant there to be more unfortunately or fortunately if you were made to read them all he had died before he could complete his work each tale told by a different pilgrim of different occupations It is a human comedy poking at and farcing the three dominant estates of the time feudal ecclesiastical and urban My focus is on the Summoner and his tale A servant of the church the Summoner would be grouped under the ecclesiastical middle class He was not poor but his power was only so great and his authority was minimal As a summoner his job was to summon sinners to trial before a court of the church Or so was the description In reality the Summoner had used his position for his own profits and he would gladly accept a bribe for in the sinners purse the punishment should be Equally because of his position he was capable of blackmailing especially the young members of the church for he knew all their secrets and could thus make them do anything he wished As for his morals well what morals The Summoner couldnt have possibly been any worse for his job It is ironical how such a foul man could have been entrusted in the task of bringing sinners to justice In spite of his position in the church the Summoners actions were motivated by greed andor lust He neither showed any problems with nor contemplated committing acts of sin although he held a supposedly honorary
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