The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale
by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale Lines 888-904 Summary
- A lusty young bachelor lives in the household of King Arthur.
- One day as he is riding from the river, he sees a maiden walking before him.
- He rapes this maiden despite her cries for mercy, taking her maidenhood.
- Because of this crime, people raise such a hue and cry of protest before King Arthur he sentences the knight to beheading. This was the law then.
- The queen and her ladies intervene on the knight's behalf. Arthur grants the queen her request, allowing her to decide the knight's punishment.
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