Kris Katona

Occupation part 1

A merchants occupation for a man was a Freeman or a businessman; sold goods and traded goods. They sold leather craft, metal crafts, foods and beverages, and apparel, raw materials, jewelry and furs. They did business with Germany, France, Baltic, England and Normandy, Genoese, Venetians, Mediterranean, Spain, Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, Asia. A merchants occupation for a woman did household service.

Medieval Times needed this occupation because the Merchants would trade what they do not need to get more clothing, food, weapons, and armor.

Merchants were in the Middle Class

An everyday life of a Medieval Merchant was busy. They always worked and traveled to trade with other countries, that was their life. That's how they made money.

Chaucer did not include that a Merchant is in the Middle Class, what they traded, where they trade, and who they traded with.

A Market is an occupation for a Merchant in modern times. Part1 Q1-4 part 1 Q1-2 part 1 Q5


A Merchant wore a colorful dress and neat boots, a flemish beaver hat, and he also had a beard. He sat on his horse. He spoke serious and earnest, He feels like there should be police out in the ocean. He was trade and sell anything. He was a great, smart man. He worked a lot. No body knew he was in debt. He did a lot of loans and negotiations with the government. No one knew his name.

A Merchant was there with a forked beard, in motley, and high on horse he sat, Upon his head a Flanderish beaver hat, His boots clasped fair and fetisly. (lines 270-273)

His reasons he spoke full solempnely, Sounding always the increase of his winning. (line 274-275) This worthy man full well his wit beset (line 279)

The words that add to my understanding of my characters personality are worthy (line 279) and solempnely (line 274)

Some examples of spelling variations from middle to modern English are


1. Seson- season

2. felawshipe- fellowship

3. nyne- nine

4. redy- ready

5. hadde- had

Chaucers view on the Merchant Part 3

Chaucers view on the Merchant is that the Merchant was good at exchanging money or supplies. He wishes there was sea police. He always worked and no one knew he was in debt. He used loans, bargains and negotiations. The Merchant was an excellent person but no one knew his name.

In solemn tones he harped on his increase Of capital; there should be sea-police (He thought) (lines 285-287). He was an expert at dabbling exchanges (line 288). This estimable Merchant so had set, He wits to work, none knew he was in debt (lines 289-290). He was so stately in administration. In loans and bargains and negotiations (lines 291-292). He was an excellent fellow all the same (line 293). To tell the truth I do not know his name. (line 294)


1. Forked Beard

2. Motley

3. Wit

4. Beset

5. Forsooth