Marraige in Chaucers Canterbury Tales Fragment A

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˜ Betwixen hem was maad anon the bonde that highte matrimoigne'- Chaucer, Knights Tale- Riverside Edition- Discuss how marriage is presented within Fragment A.

˜ This love halt togidres peples joined with a holy boond, and kyntteth sacrament of marryges of chaste loves: and love enditeth lawest treuth felawes'- Boethus II. M.8 Chaucers Translation.

Marriage as a topic can be seen as contributing to what we perceive to be the unique identity of each tale primarily because it is alluded to, in one way or another, in every tale of fragment A. In this essay I will discuss precisely how marriage is presented inter-textually and contextually within the Fragment. In particular I shall consider what precisely is meant by the notion of a ˜bonde' with regards to ˜matrimoigne', and what might be the ramifications of the way this ˜bonde' may be presented in each individual tale.

In The Knights Tale Theseus (ostensibly)represents authority but also dominant masculinity - ˜he was lord and gouvenor and in his tyme swich a conqueror' tied to conventions of the literary ˜Chivalric' which I discuss further below, and the philosophy of order, as whe

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