Study Guide

The Canterbury Tales: the Man of Law's Tale Characters

By Chaucer, Geoffrey

Custance

Custance is sugar and spice and everything nice.For realsies. She represents all that is true and...

King Alla

King Alla, the Northumbrian king who marries Custance, is one sharp cookie. He instantly suspects...

The Sultan of Syria's Mother

It's kind of surprising that a character who looms so large in the "Tale" doesn't have a name....

Donegild

Ah, the other evil in-law.Donegild, the second treacherous mother-in-law Custance encounters, is...

The Sultan of Syria

The Sultan of Syria is a man who's accustomed to getting his way. He also appears prone to...

Hermengyld

Remember Hermengyld? She's the wife of the Northumbrian Constable who takes Custance into his...

The Constable

The Constable offers Custance a home when he finds her washed up on the Northumbrian shore....

The Senator

Notice any interesting parallels between the Senator and anyone else?That's right: the Senator...

Maurice

Maurice is the son of Custance and Alla. He makes only a very brief appearance in the tale, and...

Treacherous Knights 1 and 2

In Northumbria, a treacherous knight propositions Custance for sexual favors. When Custance...