The Knight In Chaucer

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In the Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer describes twenty-nine people making a pilgrimage to Canterbury. The first character depicted is the knight. Chaucer describes the knight as "a most distinguished man"(43). The knight can also be characterized as brave, humble, and chivalrous. The knight is a very brave soldier. Chaucer says, "In fifteen mortal battles he had been" (63). If a man has been in fifteen battles, he is not faint of heart. Not only does he go into battle, "he rode into battle"(48). He has fought all over the world in places such as Egypt, Spain, Russia, Prussia, North Africa and Asia. This shows he is brave because he has been fighting in unknown territory. He "has sovereign value in all eyes (69)". He fights for faith. As Chaucer says, he "jousted for our faith"(64). Although the knight has been in many battles and become very distinguished, he shows outstanding character by remaining humble. Chaucer says, "And his bearing modest as a maid"(71). "He was not gaily dressed" shows that he is not flashy (76). "He wore a fustian tunic that is stained from his armor"(77). He did not demean others in any way. "He never yet a boorish thing had said/In all his life to any"(72,73). Knights during the middle ages followed a code of chivalry. The knight in Canterbury Tales had followed chivalry since he began to ride"(45). The knight exemplifies the chivalric code of honor, truth, generousness, and courtesy. Chaucer describes him as "a true, perfect gentle-knight"(74). He knows his place and fights in his "sovereign's war"(47). The knight of the Canterbury Tales is depicted as the ideal medieval knight. He is a great soldier, and has survived many battles. However, he is humble and does not boast about his achievements. He is noble and honored for his actions, has served his sovereign well in all of his

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