Or, to restate it, what is the relationship of the practice of fiction and the moral probity of the practitioner? It is more than the apprehension of the senses, or a collection of remembered objects; it is a unifying activity linking actual perception to what has been apprehended in the past. Between and the s, when Chaucer composed the bulk of the Canterbury Tales, at least twenty-three instances in England, France, Germany, Spain and Czechoslovakia are documented. These arguments, however, can easily be stood on their head. She is a most unwilling audience, and in her fury against these antifeminist readings she demonstrates something of the powerful relation of literature to life. What we have in Chaucer may be anti-Judaism and deplorablebut not anti-semitism in any exact sense. With a renewed sense of history, scholars and artists basked in relative financial security, with wealthy nobles giving them financial support while they worked on intellectual pursuits.
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This group of people is thrown together when they travel together on a trip to the shrine of Saint Thomas à Becket, who was murdered in Canterbury in Must a poet be a good man in order to practice his art? There really is no place for the flatulence episode in the story that the Miller tells, but its complete inappropriateness is what makes it funny: In Christian exegesis Cain is often seen as typifying the Jew the wanderer rejected by both God and man ; Abel is taken as a type of the just man, or of the Christian, or most significantly of Christ, on whom the Jew tries to vent his spite. When he went to ask the magician to work out payment terms, Aurelius ended up telling him the whole story about letting Dorigene out of her promise. Here was a secular authority who, acting in concert with the Church, knew how to defend good Christians against the blaspheming Jews. Anti-semitism is not a charge to be lightly bandied about: