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Margery Kempe Married to John Kempe; very little education; 14 children 40; claimed to have visions of Christ; part of emerging middle class “The Book of Margery Kempe” (212) early autobiography; calls herself “this creature;” admits some of her faults (pride: extravagant clothing); goes against expectations for women: strong, independent, not dejected when her ventures fail; puts women in lose-lose: good wife means docile, bad wife means outspoken Geoffrey Chaucer Most important writer of Middle English; member of
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Unformatted text preview: growing middle class; gained favor w/ aristocracy; put in civil positions & sent on diplomatic journey to Italy (inspiration for writings) “The Canterbury Tales” (218) Frame tale; describes a diverse group of characters all on their way to visit the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket in Canterbury; pass the time by telling stories; whoever tells the best story gets free dinner from other travelers; stories each person tells reveals much about the person’s character...
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