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What portion of Middle Ages society is represented in The Canterbury Tales?

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kalliem20 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted June 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM via web

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What portion of Middle Ages society is represented in The Canterbury Tales?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM (Answer #1)

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Virtually every portion of medieval society is represented in the Canterbury Tales, which is one reason for its enduring popularity. There are numerous clergymen and women, including the Parson, the Nun's Priest, the Prioress, and the Nun herself. There Knight is representative of the nobility,and the Man of Law and the Merchant, among others, represents a growing contingent of wealthy city-dwellers, educated men who owned property but did not have titles. The Miller would have been a small property-owner, and the Canon's Yeoman and the Cook were representative of working class Englishmen. Very poor peasants are not represented, but virtually every other class (and gender) are. 

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