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Geoffrey Chaucers Canterbury Tales written in approximately 1385 is a collection of twenty-four stories ostensibly told by various people who are going on a religious pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral from London England Prior to the actual tales however Chaucer offers the reader a glimpse of fourteenth century life by way of what he refers to as a General Prologue In this prologue Chaucer introduces all of the characters who are involved in this imaginary journey and who will tell the tales Among the characters included in this introductory section is the Knight Chaucer initially refers to the knight as a most distinguished man and indeed his sketch of the knight is highly complimentary The knight Chaucer tells us possessedFine horses but he was not gaily dressed Indeed the knight is dressed in a common shirt which is stained where his armor had left mark That is the knight is just home from service and is in such a hurry to go on his pilgrimage that he has not even paused before beginning it to change his clothes The knight has had a very busy life as his fighting career has taken him to great many places He has seen military service in Egypt Lithuania Prussia Russia Spain North Africa and Asia Minor where he was of great value in all eyes Even though he has had a very successful and busy career he is extremely humble Chaucer maintains that he is modest as a maid Moreover he has never said a rude thing to anyone in his entire life 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--according to Chaucer--on three continents In the midst of all this fighting however the knight remains modest and polite The knight is the embodiment of
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