- The first pilgrim Chaucer describes in the general prologue.
- Knight has fought in many battles. Everyone respect him.
- A person filled with humanity.
- Representative of Chivalry, adventure.
- He has participated no less than fifteen crusades of the era.
- The Knight has battled the Muslims in Egypt, Spain, Turkey and the Russian orthodox in Lithunia and Russia.
- He has also fought in many moral wars.
- Knight has led a very busy life as his fighting career.
- He is the very essence of chivalry, honor, and courage.
- He wears modest clothes, which is stained with rust.
- He doesn’t show his social status or boast about his position.
- Squire is the second pilgrim described in the General Prologue.
- The Squire is the son of the Knight.
- He hopes to become a knight like his father.
- A young man with many youthful follies.
- He is of high social status.
- He wears fine clothes and is vain about his appearance.
- The Squire is being trained in both the arts of battle and the arts of courtly love.
- He is a young member of twenty years old.
- The author illustrates Squire’s youth “as fressh as is the month of may.”
- The dress of the squire is colorful, embroidered with flowers, short with large sleeves.
- He can sing, write poetry, and ride a horse very well, and considers himself a lady’s man.
- Yeoman is an unhappy person.
- His work has ruined him physically and financially.
- The servant who accompanies the Knight and the Squire.
- The narrator mentions that his dress and weapons suggest he may be a forester.
- His weaponry includes a bow, arrows and a sword.
- This guy is dressed all in green.
- The first woman to be introduced is the Prioress. Her given name is Madame Eglentyne
- Her real name is Madame Eglantine.
- She is also the first religious figure discussed in the book.
- In Prologue to Canterbury Tales, the Prioress offers a hymn of praise to the Virgin Mary
- she is described as imitating the manners of the royal court.
- she attempts to transcend her social boundaries by imitating the social aristocracy.
- she wears a golden brooch with the words “Amor vincit omnia” or “Love conquers all.”
- She has traveled all over the world.
- she has lived with five husbands.
- Her dress shows her extravagance.
- The Second Nun is not described in the General Prologue, but she tells a saint’s life for her tale.
The Nun’s Priest
- Like the Second Nun, the Nun’s Priest is not described in the General Prologue.
- He tellsthe story of Chanticlee.
- This Monk cares little for the Rule of his position.
- He shows his devotion to hunting and eating.
- He is rebellious.
- Monks usually wear plain habits with hoods.This Monk has gray fur on the sleeves of his cope and a gold pin with a love knot at the end of the hood. This indicates that he is not religious because instead of the gold pin, he should have a rosary.
- The Monk’s favorite past-time is hunting.
- He is fat, bald, and greasy, with eyes that roll in his head.
- The Monk is another religious character who is corrupt.
- He wears a small rope necklace with a love knot tied to the end of it. This love knot may suggest that he is a stud with women.
- Friar is a not-so-pious religious figure.
- He is described as a “limitour” [begs on the behalf of the poor].
- He does nothing but corrupt his own church for private gain and, in the process, destroys the foundations of faith among the people he is supposed to serve.
- Chaucer’s portrait of the Friar is one of the harshest views of religious corruption in Canterbury Tales.
- He knows all the bars and is more familiar with barmaids and innkeepers than the lepers or beggars.
- He Sings well and has a decent amount of money.
- A very strong person physically.
- His hood or long sleeve of his robe filled with pins for curls.
- He has pocket-knives to give to “pretty girls.”
- He wears a brand new dresses.
- Merchant wears fashionable attire with multicolored cloak.
- He had forked beard.
- He is the member of rising middle class.
- According to Chaucer the Merchant hides being in debt by wearing fancy clothes.
- Clerk is a philosophy student from Oxford.
- He is so poor that he can’t even afford to feed himself.
- He is as skinny as a rake.
- He is not giving importance for money.
- He prefers to spend it on books rather than food or clothes.
- He’s so serious about his studies.
- Thoughtful person.
- Chaucer likes this character because even though he is poor thin and impoverished he is still dedicated to his studies.
- No one suspected he was really heavily in debt.
The Sergeant of Law
- Sergeant of Law was a lawyer appointed by the monarch to serve as a judge.
- Representative of the upper-class.
- He rode simply dressed in a coat of mixed weave, gathered with a silk belt with small metal ornaments.
- He is renowned, knowledgeable person.
- His legal work is flawless and he has been known to win many cases.
- His days also include writing contracts, performing in court.
- He made himself look busier.
- He took large fees.
- He knows everything common and crime from William’s time.
- Franklin is a large and wealthy landowner who enjoys fine living and good companionship.
- He had White beard feeling like white daisy.
- He loved to dip his morning bread in wine.
- His house never had a shortage of food.
- According to season he changed his food habits.
- The word “franklin” means “free man.”
- He is a member of the nobility.
A Haberadasher, A Carpenter, Dyer,Guildsmen and Weaver
- A Haberadasher, A Carpenter, Dyer and Weaver all dressed in ivory.
- Their weapons were shaped with silver.
- They belong to a Tradesmens’ Guild.
- Cook has a giant open sore on his leg.
- He is named Roger of Ware.
- Shipman is the quintessential bad boy.
- He is good at calculating tides, navigating the stars, and bringing the ship safely into the harbor with the best of them.
- He is one of the best-travelled pilgrims.
- He is of Dartmouth town.
- He wears woolen cloth that reached unto the knee.
- Physician is a very learned man.
- He believed in Astrology.
- He is a wealthy person.
- Most of the educated of all pilgrims.
- He is greedy, and a bit boastful.
The Wife of Bath
- Wife of Bath has traveled all over the world on pilgrimages.
- She has lived with five husbands.
- Her dress shows her extravagance.
- She is intelligent rather than intellectual.
- She uses her body as a bargaining tool.
- She is as gap-toothed and somewhat deaf.
- She is wearing bright scarlet red stockings.
- She enjoys freedom.
- She is a skilled weaver.
- The Parson retains his faith in God even in times of adversity.
- Parson is extremely poor, but he is rich in holy thoughts and deeds.
- The only devout person.
- He is a learned person who taught his parishioners sincerely.
- He is a hardworking personality.
- He practiced what he preached and preached what he practiced.
- • Plowman is just as holy and virtuous as his brother the Parson.
- He has to do the dirtiest jobs of the medieval world.
- He is medieval symbol of the poor.
- He is Athletic and wore a Tabard smock and rode a mare.
- He represents working class.
- Miller’s beard is red, and he has a hair-covered wart on his nose.
- The Miller is an accomplished piper.
- He likes jokes and reciting poetry.
- He is a fit person.
- He is always the winner at wrestling.
- He is a drunkard and vulgar person.
- He carries a sword and buckler.
- His mouth is like a furnace.
- Reeve is a manager of someone’s estate or farm.
- He is also a carpenter.
- He can estimate the yields of his master’s crops and livestock based only on the rainfall from year to year.
- He wears his hair cut close to his ears like a priest’s, and wears a cloak that looks like something a friar would wear.
- He’s mounted on a dapple-gray horse.
- He wears a cloak of blue, both signs of his financial success.
- Summoner is presented as a criminal, collecting and keeping fines from innocent people.
- The Summoner or Apparitor was the officer of the ecclesiastical court of the Bishop.
- Another religious figure who is represented here as hypocrite.
- His face is pimpled and scaly.
- HE has a round, bright-red face covered with pimples, squinty eyes, black eyebrows, and a thin, ragged beard.
- He had a face that little children feared.
- Chaucer first describes the Summoner as having a “cherubynnes face”.
- Chaucer uses a slightly mocking tone to describe the Summoner.
- Chaucer mentions that he’s a drunkard.
- He is a church official who was responsible for summoning the sinners before the ecclesiastical courts.
- Pardoner is the most evil of the pilgrims.
- A Pardoner is a person who travels about the countryside selling official church pardons.
- He admits that he preaches solely to get money, not to correct sin.
- He would rather take the last penny from a widow and her starving family than give up his money.
- He is a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
- Host’s real name is Harry Bailly.
- The Host often tries to play the role of peace-keeper among the pilgrims.
- The Host proves himself to be a very good tour guide.
- He proves himself capable of handling most of the arguments and keeping everyone in line.
- He is the leader of the group.
- He is the proprietor of the Tabard Inn.
- He creates the “game” of having each pilgrim tell stories and became the judge of the game.