The Clerk's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer (Book Analysis)

The Clerk's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer (Book Analysis)

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This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Clerk’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer, which tells the story of Griselda, a poor young woman who is subjected to a series of trials by her husband, the marquis of Saluces, in order to test her obedience. The text’s source material is drawn from Boccaccio’s Decameron and Petrarch’s Latin translation of the story, but Chaucer complicates our interpretation of it and undercuts its apparent praise of wifely obedience. Geoffrey Chaucer was the author of The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories which is one of the earliest known examples of English-language literature and has been a key influence on subsequent generations of writers.

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Publication date
May 20, 2019
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