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The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale

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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