The Knight’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer is a late-fourteenth-century chivalric romance in rhyming couplets. Since its narrative is set in the pre-Christian world of Ancient Greece, it might best be classified as a roman antique. The 2,250-line poem — Chaucer’s longest after Troilus and Criseyde — is divided into four books of varying lengths, and is disposed as the first Tale in the poet’s ultimate story compilation, The Canterbury Tales (c. 1387-1400).
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Citation: Greene, Darragh. "The Knight's Tale". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 June 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38760, accessed 04 June 2023.]