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The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story

The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story


by Geoffrey Chaucer

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Benedict, Rule of St Benedict (General Prologue 173)
  • Augustine of Hippo (General Prologue 187)
  • Aristotle (General Prologue 295)
  • Seneca (Man of Law's Introduction 25)
  • Ovid, Epistles (Heroides) (Man of Law's Introduction 54 – 55)
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses (Man of Law's Introduction 93)
  • Canacee (Man of Law's Introduction 78)
  • Appollonius of Tyre (Man of Law's Introduction 81)
  • Antiochus (Man of Law's Introduction 82)
  • Francis Petrarch (Clerk's Prologue 31)
  • Cicero (Franklin's Prologue 13)
  • Cato (Canon's Yeoman's Prologue 135)
  • Bacchus (Manciple's Prologue 99)

References to Medical Authorities (General Prologue 429 – 434)

References to Chaucer's Own Work

Biblical References

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