BY Skye Sims
Need for Nuns
The Roman Catholic church was the largest unifying organization in medieval Europe. The church and clergy affected everyone no matter what rank or social class they were apart of.
Daily life of a Nun
- Vow of Poverty
- Vow of Chastity
- Vow of Obedience
Medieval nuns chose to leave their normal lives for a strict routine of life in the nunnery or covent they belong to. Nuns were dedicated to worship, reading or working in the nunnery or covent. Along with attending the church, nuns spent hours a day in silent prayer or meditation.
Types of Jobs :
- Washing and Cooking for the monastery
- Providing medical care
- Educating novices
- Making Clothes
- Illuminating Manuscripts
Chaucer didn't include:
Chaucer was very judgemental of the Nun, he describes her as very good looking and well mannered BUT a Nun is not supposed to care about those sorts of things- VANITY. Chaucer pointed out how the Nun spoke french so well , without using slang. But the language of the church is Latin so she must care about education since she spoke French so fluently. All of these things are things that a Nun should not be focused on. The reason Chaucer goes on and on about how well mannered the Nun is, or how educated is, is because acting this way is wrong for a Nun. A good Nun should have been modest, had to have poverty, and pity, but Chaucer's Nun doesn't have these characteristics.
Lines 124-146 in the book
Modern Day Occupation
Examination of the Text:
She was well mannered and happy.
She had the perfect manners,
Her name was Madam Eglantyne.
She sang beautifully through her nose,
She spoke french extremely well,
She was highly educated.
She had very good table manners,
worked hard not to spill her food.
She was very neat during eating and after.
She was very entertaining,
She was caring and elegant.
She had a soft nose and grey eyes,
small, soft red mouth,
and a perfect forehead.
Her cloak had a coral design on the arm,
She had another nun with her,
along with three priests.
Which lines describe her physical appearance?
Which lines describe her personality?
- Throughout whole text but dominant in 145-153
5 words to help understand the character?
Dignified Line: 145
Tender Hearted Line: 146
Well Mannered Line: 131
Graceful Line: 161
Supporting Lines and Words:
She cared about her education.
Line 131 - At meat her manners were well taught withal.
She tried very hard to have her manners perfect
Understanding of the Vocabulary:
Martyr- Person who is killed due to their belief or religion.
Hallowed- Honored as Holy
Hostelry- Inn (Hotel)
Solicitous- Eager or anxious to do something.
Elements of Literature
Pages 120 & 124