Geoffrey Chaucer: The Friar's Tale

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  • Daniel Kline (University of Alaska, Anchorage)

The Friar’s Tale (FrT) is the second of three tales in Fragment III (Group D) of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, immediately following the Wife of Bath’s Prologue (WBP) and Tale (WBT) and preceding the Summoner’s Tale (SumT). Chaucer probably wrote the FrT and SumT as a pair for this specific context, putting the date of composition at c.1392-95. As the second tale of Fragment III, the FrT serves as a pivot between the WBT and SumT while extending issues of power, textuality, and the gendered body introduced by the Wife and complicated by the Summoner. Yet like the First Fragment (GenProl,

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Kline, Daniel. "The Friar's Tale". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 January 2009
[, accessed 28 November 2015.]