The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale
by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Queen Timeline and Summary
- After the knight rapes a maiden, the queen asks the king to grant her control of his punishment. The king agrees.
- The queen decides that the knight's punishment is that he must answer the question of what women most desire. She gives him a year to find out.
- When the knight returns from his quest, the queen sits in judgment over his answer, and declares it good.