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Love will not be constrain'd by mastery

“Love will not be constrain’d by mastery.
When mast’ry comes, the god of love anon
Beateth his wings, and, farewell, he is gone.
Love is a thing as any spirit free.” ~ “The Franklin’s Tale/Canterbury Tales”


Thomas Malory's "Morte D'Arthur" Part II

Previously, I posted a detailed summary of Books 1 and 2 or Malory’s “Morte D’Arthur.” Today, I have chosen bits of the other books to discuss. 1,524 more words

British History

Radix malorum est Cupiditas: The Pardoner’s Paradox

Radix malorum est Cupiditas: The Pardoner’s Paradox

A Character Study on the Pardoner in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales

by Alyssa Rittinger

Within The Canterbury Tales, 1,251 more words


Allison, the Wife of Bath, & Feminism

Allison, the Wife of Bath:

Chaucer’s Magnificent Matron of Misogyny

      While most are buried with their repugnant sentiments leaving no more of a trace than a scowl on their corpse, artists do not have the freedom to die and be forgotten. 1,440 more words


A Cunning Old Man

The Pardoner’s Tale found in the Canterbury Tales contained a story about three friends who made a vow to kill death. The three men encountered an old man who insisted that he couldn’t die, when the men heard this astonishing fact they immediately wanted to know where they could find death. 443 more words

Western Literature 1

Dialogue: Beyond the Dictionary

What makes a good novel?

Well, according to Mikhail Bakhtin, good novels contain multiple voices. Bakhtin was a 20th-century Russian linguist who believed that novels, when poorly written, have multiple characters and only one voice – which is often the author’s voice. 176 more words

Canterbury Tales

Rot and Corruption: Company of Liars

Review: Company of Liars, by Karen Maitland
Delacorte, 2008. 465 pp. $24

“All England was rotting,” observes the narrator of this daring, dark, intricate novel, and there’s no arguing with him. 721 more words

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