Geoffrey Chaucer: The Wife of Bath's Tale

(2688 words)

The Wife of Bath, Alisoun—one of only three female tellers on the pilgrimage—is perhaps one of the most debated of the pilgrims in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. She appears primarily in her own Tale and Prologue (Fragment III) as well as in the General Prologue, lines 445-76, where some of the more noteworthy aspects of her married life and physical appearance are detailed, but she is also alluded to in other tales, such as the Clerk’s Tale and the Parson’s Tale. She has been married five times, is a well-traveled pilgrim as well as a cloth-maker, is gap-toothed, and an extravagant dresser. These attributes are further detailed in her own Prologue</&hellip;

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Obermeier, Anita. "The Wife of Bath's Tale". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 November 2009
[, accessed 04 October 2015.]