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Geoffrey Chaucers Canterbury Tales is a collection of twenty-four stories told by various people who are going on a religious pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral from London England Kane 44 Prior to the actual tales however Chaucer offers the reader a glimpse of fourteenth century life by way of the General Prologue In this prologue Chaucer introduces all of the characters who are involved in this journey and who will tell the tales Gardner 108 Among the characters included in this introductory section is the Knight the Merchant and the Pardoner Chaucer begins with a knight Chaucers Knight was everything that a knight should be and usually was not -- honorable courteous to all classes brave in war and very conscientious about the religious significance of a pilgrimage The knight had fine horses but he was not lavishly dressed Owens 62 He had on a shirt which was stained where is armor had left a mark That is the knight is just home from service and is in a hurry to go on his pilgrimage that he has not even paused before beginning it to change his clothes Howard 90 The Knight is the perfect and courteous man who loved truth freedom chivalry and honor He is truly a distinguished man Kane 22 He had ridden into battle in both Christian and heathen lands and in every instance served his king well Even though he has had a very successful and busy career he is extremely humble The Knight never boasted his actions nor bored his listeners with his feats Owens 63 Clearly the Knight possesses an outstanding character Chaucer gives to the knight one of the more flattering descriptions in the General Prologue The Knight can do no wrong he is an outstanding warrior who has fought for the true faith Brewer 167 In the midst of all this he remains modest and polite The Knight
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