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In the poem The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer critiqued every character of the Church Clergy that went on the long pilgrimage to the Canterbury Cathedral The Canterbury Tales was a masterpiece that provided the best contemporary picture we had of the fourteenth-century England Many people believed that Chaucers inspiration for this poem may have come from his own participation in the pilgrimage to the Canterbury Cathedral As the tellers of The Canterbury Tales came from the length and breadth of medieval society the tales encompassed medieval literatures from romance to comedy from rhyme to prose from crude humor to religious mysteries Chaucers critiqued those who served the church as noble fraudulent and money hungryFirst the Nun was critiqued as modest and quiet the Monk was large and loud and the Friar was very fraudulent Chaucer critiqued the Nun a Prioress as one who was charitable and compassionate The Monk was critiqued as a manly man to be an Abbot able This Monk cared little for the Rule he was devoted to hunting and eating He also critiqued the Friar as a wanton jolly one and merry a Limiter a very festive fellow Always ready to befriend young women or rich men who might need his services the Friar actively administered the sacraments in his town especially those of marriage and confession However Chaucers worldly Friar had taken to accepting bribes Next the Plowman was the Parsons brother and was equally good-hearted and the Parson was everything that the Monk the Friar and the Pardoner were not The Plowman was an honest worker good and true living in peace and perfect charity The Plowman was a member of the peasant class he paid his tithes to the Church and led a good Christian life The Parson was a holy-minded man rich in holy thought and work and a learned man a clerk
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