Other collections of tales existed before Chaucer

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Other collections of tales existed before Chaucer's, the most famous being Boccaccio's  Decameron in which three young lords and seven young ladies agree to tell tales while they stay in a country villa  to avoid the plague that is ravaging the cities. Because each of Boccaccio's narrators belongs to the  same high social class, the  Decameron  tales are similar in their sophistication. Chaucer, however, came up with the ingenuous literary device of having a pilgrimage, a technique  that allowed him to bring together a diverse group of people. Thus Chaucer's narrators represent a  wide spectrum of society with various ranks and occupations. From the distinguished and noble  Knight, we descend through the pious abbess (the Prioress), the honorable Clerk, the rich landowner 
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