Geoffrey Chaucer: The Franklin's Tale

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  • Andrea Schutz (St. Thomas University, New Brunswick)

The Franklin's Tale (FranT) is the second and final tale in Fragment V (E). It interrupts The Squire's Tale, and this narrative dynamic is as important to the Franklin’s Tale 's themes and style as is the teller interrupting. It dates from the high period of Chaucer's work on the Canterbury Tales, and may perhaps be more precisely dated to 1394 (Cooper 231).

The tale itself derives – very loosely – from one told twice by Giovanni Boccaccio, once in the Filocolo (c. 1336), and again in the Decameron (c. 1353); Chaucer's numerous changes and handling, however, result in a very distinct tale. The context of the Franklin’s Tale within its fragment and w…

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Schutz, Andrea. "The Franklin's Tale". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 January 2007
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]