| Quote #1
Ful many a riche contree hadde he wonne,
This passage at the very beginning of "The Knight's Tale" foreshadows the rest of it by portraying marriage to a woman as part of the prize to be won in a competition. Theseus marries Hippolyta after a battle, just as later Palamon and Arcite will decide who "wins" Emily by fighting a joust.
| Quote #2
And certes, if it nere to long to heere,
Theseus conquers Scithia by winning a battle with the Amazons, mythical women warriors. Hippolyta ("Ypolita") was the queen of these, but after being conquered by Theseus, she is relegated to the more "proper" womanly role of wife. This shows that the competition here isn't just between two nations; it's between two ways of life, with the male-dominated Greek way winning out.
| Quote #3
But shortly for to speken of this thyng,
In every competition, there's always a loser. Here, it's the Thebans who are put "to flyght," their city torn down "bothe walle, and sparre, and rafter." In fact, this passage portrays the siege of Thebes matter-of-factly, as if it's just something Theseus must do in order to be considered the winner.