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The Medieval Idea of Marriage$
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Christopher N. L. Brooke

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205043

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205043.001.0001

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The Witness of Chaucer 1

The Witness of Chaucer 1

(p.211) 8 The Witness of Chaucer1
The Medieval Idea of Marriage

Christopher N. L. Brooke

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Chaucer and the allusions, views, and interpretations he had about marriage, love, and sexuality as seen in his poems and literary works. In this chapter, his Wife of Bath, which provides a satirical view of the role of wives and husbands, reflects a plain image of the obvious facts in human relationships. Included as well is his Book of the Duchess, a poem that looks at eternal love and the seemingly impermanence of marriage. His Canterbury Tales along with other poems are discussed as well. These poems present a myriad of marriage problems and issues on human relationships and human love.

Keywords:   Chaucer, marriage, views, love, sexuality, poems, Wife of Bath, wives, husbands, human relationship

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