History Literature / TheCanterburyTales

13th Jun '17 7:57:05 AM SorPepita
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** Most villains in the Man of Law's Tale don't escape justice. The servants of the Sultan's wicked mother are slaughtered by the Romans ([[ KarmaHoudini: The Sultan's mother gets off scot-free, though]]), and King Alla orders his mother dead once he finds out about her trickery. The drunken messenger is also tortured.

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** Most villains in the Man of Law's Tale don't escape justice. The servants of the Sultan's wicked mother are slaughtered by the Romans ([[ KarmaHoudini: ([[KarmaHoudini The Sultan's mother gets off scot-free, though]]), and King Alla orders his mother dead once he finds out about her trickery. The drunken messenger is also tortured.
13th Jun '17 7:54:42 AM SorPepita
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* CreepyChild: The Prioress's tale concerns one. Gets even creepier when he gets killed...and [[NightmareFuel keeps singing that damn song of his]].
* CulturalCrossReference: The Squire's Tale is about none other than UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan (though the case has been made of the story fitting better with KublaiKhan, his great grandson). Ironically, medieval Europeans knew of him, but not of many of the places he conquered.

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* CreepyChild: The Prioress's tale concerns one. Gets even creepier when he gets killed... and [[NightmareFuel keeps singing that damn song of his]].
* CulturalCrossReference: The Squire's Tale is about none other than UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan (though the case has been made of the story fitting better with KublaiKhan, Kublai Khan, his great grandson). Ironically, medieval Europeans knew of him, but not of many of the places he conquered.



* DummiedOut: To say nothing of the fact that the characters never even reach the holy shrine, Chaucer actually just started the Cook's Tale...only to leave it as a short, unfinished fragment. Judging from the tone it would have resembled the crass anecdotes told by the Miller and the Reeve. (Coghill's tranlation advertises this tale on the back of the book for some reason.)

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* DummiedOut: To say nothing of the fact that the characters never even reach the holy shrine, Chaucer actually just started the Cook's Tale... only to leave it as a short, unfinished fragment. Judging from the tone it would have resembled the crass anecdotes told by the Miller and the Reeve. (Coghill's tranlation translation advertises this tale on the back of the book for some reason.)
25th May '17 12:03:25 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* HeManWomanHater: The Wife of Bath's fifth husband had an entire book full of stories about how horrible women are. She eventually forced him to change his ways, but not before he hit her hard enough to go deaf on one ear.
25th May '17 12:00:32 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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** The Wife of Bath's last husband, [[DomesticAbuser Jankyn]], is described as this, at least in his younger days.
25th May '17 11:58:03 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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** St. Cecilia in "The Second Nun's Tale". Unsurprising, given that she's a saint.
25th May '17 11:45:38 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* IncorruptiblePurePureness: The Parson, who is described as the ideal priest.
15th Apr '17 9:17:11 AM nombretomado
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** Edmund Spenser followed up with "The Friar's Tale" in Book 4 of ''TheFaerieQueene''.

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** Edmund Spenser followed up with "The Friar's Tale" in Book 4 of ''TheFaerieQueene''.''Literature/TheFaerieQueene''.
14th Apr '17 1:38:26 PM SoapheadChurch
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** The Tale of Sir Thopas is also interrupted by the Host, on the grounds that it is DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible.

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** The Tale of Sir Thopas is also interrupted by the Host, on the grounds that it is DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible.a long-winded ClicheStorm.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharactersLoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The core cast has close to twenty, and that's not even getting into the background characters and the characters in the tales.



* SelfInsertFic
* SexyPriest: The Friar loves associating with the fairer sex, and is kind enough to perform [[ShotgunWedding marriages which he has made necessary]]. The Pardoner also says he would like to keep a wench in every town... Probably the Monk too, given the love knot he wears, and the Host alleges the Nun's Priest is one of these (see UnwantedHarem below), but the Nun's Priest denies it. Most of these examples are more along the lines of "lecherous priest" than necessarily "good looking priest", and the Nun's Priest is probably the only example who isn't a slimy bastard.
** ''The Summoner's Tale'' features a Sexy Friar, being a TakeThat against the Friar, as does ''The Shipman's Tale''.

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* SelfInsertFic
SelfInsertFic: Likely the UrExample as far as English literature is concerned.
* SexyPriest: The Friar loves associating with the fairer sex, and is kind enough to perform [[ShotgunWedding marriages which he has made necessary]]. The Pardoner also says he would like to keep a wench in every town... Probably the Monk too, given the love knot he wears, and the Host alleges the Nun's Priest is one of these (see UnwantedHarem below), but the Nun's Priest denies it. Most of these examples are more along the lines of "lecherous priest" than necessarily "good looking priest", and the Nun's Priest is probably the only example who isn't a slimy bastard.
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bastard. ''The Summoner's Tale'' features a Sexy Friar, being a TakeThat against the Friar, as does ''The Shipman's Tale''.



* StarvingStudent: The Clerk of Oxford.

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* StarvingStudent: The Clerk of Oxford. When he does get money, he tends to spend it on new books rather than food. He lives mostly by borrowing from his friends.



* YouAllMeetInAnInn

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* YouAllMeetInAnInnYouAllMeetInAnInn: A tavern in this case, but it's really the same thing.
14th Apr '17 1:15:59 PM SoapheadChurch
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* KnightInShiningArmor: The Knight fits personality wise (or so he would have us believe), but actually has rather dirty, worn-out armor, because he's an experienced soldier who has got a lot of use out of it.
** This KnightInShiningArmor was pretty obviously implied to be a [[HiredGuns hired sword]] who fought for any prince who paid enough. Despite the ValuesDissonance the sheer variety of his experience makes it clear that he was at least a badass if not exactly IncorruptiblePurePureness. And to be fair, he presumably kept his contracts and fought decently and was about as honorable as a merc can be in his profession.

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* KnightInShiningArmor: The Knight fits personality wise (or so he would have us believe), but actually has rather dirty, worn-out armor, because he's an experienced soldier who has got a lot of use out of it.
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it. This KnightInShiningArmor was pretty obviously implied to be a [[HiredGuns hired sword]] who fought for any prince who paid enough. Despite the ValuesDissonance the sheer variety of his experience makes it clear that he was at least a badass if not exactly IncorruptiblePurePureness. And to be fair, he presumably kept his contracts and fought decently and was about as honorable as a merc can be in his profession.



** Most villains in the Man of Law's Tale don't escape justice. The servants of the Sultan's wicked mother are slaughtered by the Romans, and King Alla orders his mother dead once he finds out about her trickery. The drunken messenger is also tortured.

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** Most villains in the Man of Law's Tale don't escape justice. The servants of the Sultan's wicked mother are slaughtered by the Romans, Romans ([[ KarmaHoudini: The Sultan's mother gets off scot-free, though]]), and King Alla orders his mother dead once he finds out about her trickery. The drunken messenger is also tortured.



** KarmaHoudini: The Sultan's mother gets off scot-free, though.



* LiteralGenie: The Gods behave like this in the Knight's Tale.
** Venus and Mars, to be more precise. Diana is more of a JerkassGenie.

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* LiteralGenie: The Gods behave like this in the Knight's Tale.
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Tale. Venus and Mars, to be more precise. Diana is more of a JerkassGenie.JackassGenie.
14th Apr '17 1:13:18 PM SoapheadChurch
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Most villains in the Man of Law's Tale don't escape justice. The Syrian jihadists are slaughtered by the Romans, and King Alla orders his mother dead once he finds out about her trickery. The drunken messenger is also tortured.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: LaserGuidedKarma:
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Most villains in the Man of Law's Tale don't escape justice. The Syrian jihadists servants of the Sultan's wicked mother are slaughtered by the Romans, and King Alla orders his mother dead once he finds out about her trickery. The drunken messenger is also tortured.
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