The Prioress's Tale
Obviously his mother is worried when he doesn't come home, so she goes to look for him. It seems like she will never find him, but finally she is able to locate his body because he miraculously starts singing. The boy is brought to a monk, where it is revealed that he is allowed to continue singing to glorify Christ and His mother, and he will continue singing untill a grain (placed by Mary) is removed from his tounge. Finally, the child dies. The Jewish people responsible for his death recieve justice and are put to death.
- Has very good manners
- Cheerful and pleasant
- Takes very good care of her dogs
- Well dressed
Little Young Hugh of Lincoln (1245-1255)
"O young Hugh of Lincoln, also slain by cursed Jews..." (Chaucer 197).
The story of Hugh of Lincoln is extremely similar to the story told by the Prioress. Hugh was found dead in a well at the age of nine. It was said that he was thrown into a well because the earth refused to cover him. His friends accused a Jew named Koppin of his death. They said Hugh was imprisoned for over a month and finally crucified. This lead to the arrest of over ninety Jews as well the execution of about twenty. Like the child who continued to sing although it was physically impossible in the Prioress's story, there were miracles associated to Hugh after his body was found.
- Benignity A good deed, kindness
- Lucre Monetary gain
- Succor To help or relieve
- Evangelist A preacher of the gospel
- Provost The chief dignitary of a cathedral or collegiate church
- What message is Chaucer trying to convey by giving the well mannered and somewhat silly Prioress a more dark and brutal tale to tell?
- Do you think Chaucer personally was anti semetic, or was he using this tale to criticize the descrimination of Jews during this time period?