"Canterbury Tales": Influence of the Church
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This paper talks about how characters in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" all try to obtain salvation in some way or another. The bubonic plague and shortage of priests are discussed in this paper, as are other issues. Direct quotations from the original text are used to prove the author's points. The paper also discusses the Roman Catholic Church.
From the Paper:"The ratio of virtuous clergymen to corrupt clergymen portrayed in The Canterbury Tales is most likely incorrect, but corrupt churchmen did exist in those days. The major reason for these crooked men was another consequence of the bubonic plague. More than ever were priests needed, but, unfortunately, many priests had perished along with the millions of other people. Priests were needed to bless the dying, perform masses, say confession, and perform many other duties. In a time of dire need, the Roman Catholic Church resolved to practically accept and consecrate into the priesthood virtually anyone wanting to join. Corrupt churchmen were probably a result of the mass hiring of priests in the aftermath of the Black Death."
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"Canterbury Tales": Influence of the Church (2005, June 20) Retrieved April 06, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/canterbury-tales-influence-of-the-church-59472/
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