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Learn about the characters in Geoffrey Chaucer's collection of stories The Canterbury Tales with Course Hero's video study guide.
|Chaucer||Chaucer is a pilgrim in the company and the narrator. Read More|
|Harry Bailey||Harry Bailey, also called the "Host," is the owner of the Tabard Inn. Read More|
|Knight||The Knight is a noble pilgrim recently back from the Crusades. Read More|
|Miller||The Miller is a rude fellow who tells an insulting story about a carpenter. Read More|
|Reeve||The Reeve shows his temper when he feels insulted. Read More|
|Wife of Bath||The Wife of Bath is a seamstress from the town of Bath who has strong opinions about marriage. Read More|
|Pardoner||The Pardoner sells indulgences for the Church but makes himself a tidy profit as well. Read More|
|Cook||The Cook travels with several guildsmen, including a carpenter and a weaver.|
|Man of Law||The Man (Sergeant) of Law is a discreet lawyer who seems busier than he really is.|
|Shipman||The Shipman is a loud man who prefers a rousing tale to a sermon.|
|Prioress||Madame Eglantyne, whose elegance seems a little phony, is nevertheless an entertaining companion.|
|Monk||The Monk, an excellent hunter, prefers modern ways to traditional ones.|
|Nun's Priest||Sir John, a charming priest traveling with a nun, tells a merry fable.|
|Physician||The Physician makes good money as a doctor and keeps to a strict diet, but he neglects the Bible.|
|Friar||The Friar, who has many friends and pays special attention to the young ladies, is not above accepting a bribe or two.|
|Summoner||A man who brings sinners before the church for trial, the Summoner uses his position to extort the poor.|
|Clerk||The Clerk is a university student who prefers books to fine clothes and food.|
|Merchant||The Merchant has become wealthy and enjoys showing off his fine clothes and talking about his money.|
|Squire||The Squire is the Knight's son, a youthful and accomplished noble.|
|Franklin||The Franklin, a landowner but not a member of the nobility, lives for pleasure, especially the pleasures of food and drink.|
|Second Nun||The Second Nun, a pious woman devoted to Mary, regards idleness as a destructive force.|
|Canon||The Canon, who joins the company briefly before riding away and leaving his Yeoman, is an inept alchemist.|
|Canon's Yeoman||The Canon's Yeoman joins the company after his employer, an alchemist, abandons him for giving away professional secrets.|
|Manciple||The Manciple, who is in charge of purchasing food for an institution, has made more money than smarter men through shrewd investments.|
|Parson||The most devout clergyman in the group, the virtuous parson always puts others first and gives selflessly to the poor and suffering.|