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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 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.