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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted September 19, 2007 at 7:12 PM via web

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Courtly Love and The Canterbury Tales

Courtly Love is the idea that a knight would serve his Lady with the same deference and loyalty that he would show to his King.  To this lady, a knight would be expected to show complete obedience and submission.  Which characters exhibit this tradition of courtly love?  Is Chaucer a true believer or a skeptic or does he vacillate between belief and non-belief? 

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 18, 2010 at 6:49 AM (Answer #2)

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Well, we are presented with a real mix of characters in this great collection of stories. The most obvious character I think who would display the tradition of Courtly Love as you define it would be the Knight, who tells us the kind of tale that we would expect - of unrequited love and the lengths to which a knight will go to for his lady. However, there are obviously other characters who would definitely not display the tradition of courtly love.

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