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“Canterbury Tales” by Geoffrey Chaucer Key terms and Definitions: Courtly love : doctrine about love between the sexes, including an elaborate code governing the relations of aristocratic lovers. Love’s erotic and physical aspects are spiritualized and the courtly lover idealizes and idolizes his beloved, and subjects himself to her every whim. Fabliau : a short, comic or satirical tale in verse dealing realistically with middle-class or lower class characters; its favorite theme is he cuckholding (when a wife cheats) of a stupid husband. Frame narrative : the result of inserting one or more small stories within the body of a larger story that encompasses smaller ones (i.e. the host is telling a story of characters; however, he allows the characters to tell individual stories within his own story). Satire : an attack on or criticism of any vice or stupidity in the form of humor, or a critique of what the author sees as dangerous religious, political, moral, or social standards. -Work presents a microcosm of the medieval world of his time and introduces us to a cross
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