The Yeoman

By: Noah Colston

Part 1

Yeoman's Occupation

He was a Forester who was a servant to the knight and the squire

What does the need for this occupation tell us about the time period?

Yeomans did perform lower class jobs, but they also got to live in the big, nice house of the upper class.

What was his or her social standing?

The Yeoman was considered a serf and or a servant he had to make sure to serve the king and do whatever the knight asks him to do for example he had to help the knight in Jousting battles.

What might your character's day to day life be like?

The Yeoman did whatever he was asked he would hunt for the knight and the squire and he does any duties required of him. Hunting and serving people was more difficult then than it is today because there were no automatic guns or advanced weaponry to kill animals, the Yeoman would have to be very skilled to be able to capture and kill his food and in order to serve his kings.

What details about this character does Chaucer not include?

Chaucer includes that the yeoman is a servant but he doesn't say what he actually does for the knight and the squire he only tells us that the yeoman has characteristics of being a perfectionist and having many skills but he doesn't say how this skillful man became a servant, but he does tell us of his proper skills when it comes to the forest but doesn't say how he gained these skills.

What modern day occupation might correspond to your medieval character and why?

The Yeoman would just be a woodcrafter in today's society who does this type of work to make ends meet and because it's the only career he knows. Today he might have did this work for a more wealthy person who pays him to hunt and make whatever they desire. And although we are a long way from the days of feudalism hunting, and woodcrafting are well respected most people enjoy various things created out of wood and some people even make hunting a sport.

Work Cited

Shmoop Editorial Team. "The Yeoman in The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.

"Medieval Jobs." Medieval Jobs. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.

"Normal Page." Normal Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.- http://csis.pace.edu/grendel/proj2d/yeoman.html

Part 2

Paraphrase each line of the prologue describing your character.

The Yeoman traveled with the Knight and the Squire. He was a servant to them and wore clothes in a yeoman style; he wore a coat and hood of green, and peacock-feathered arrows. He had a mighty bow which he hunted with. He also knew a lot about woodcraft. He wore a medal of a patron saint of travelers. he had a long sharp dagger and a hunting horn. All of his things are neat and clean which explains that he is a perfectionist. He is also described as a proper forester to add to this idea.

Lines 105-120

Which lines in the prologue best describe your character’s physical appearance?

The Yeoman is described with a head like a nut and a brown face. Throughout this description the reader can see that he has bright colors that are all neat and clean. It is seen that he has many weapons and this adds to his physical appearance of being a hunter.


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Which lines describe his/her personality?

The Yeoman is described through his physical description but as we read about his appearance the reader can infer that the Yeoman is a perfectionist. It is also seen that he is very skilled and knows a lot about hunting and woodcraft which can imply that he is intelligent.


Lines 108-109

Which specific words add to your understanding of the character’s personality?

" Bright and keen, and neatly sheathed, burnished clean, and proper forester." These words means he is a perfectionist.


Lines 105-107, Line 119

Work Cited

Shmoop Editorial Team. "The Canon and Canon's Yeoman in The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 23 Feb. 2016.


"The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer: CHARACTER ANALYSIS." The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer: CHARACTER ANALYSIS. TheBestNotes, 10 May 2008. Web. 23 Feb. 2016.


"The Canterbury Tales." The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue and Tale. Cliffs Notes, n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2016.

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Part 3

What is Chaucer’s opinion toward this character?

  1. The Yeoman is seen by Chaucer a perfectionist and very skilled. He seems to take notice of how skillful, neat, and proper the Yeoman is. Chaucer seems a bit confused about why he is so neat and skilled as a hunter and woodcrafter.

What specific lines or words tell you this?

" He was a proper forester, I guess ". line 121

What word choices require an understanding of vocabulary from the time period?

The word dirk is unfamiliar.This word means, long dagger. St. Christopher is another word reference that might be unfamiliar. This word refers to the patron saint of travelers. the last word that may be confusing is the word baldrick. This word is for a belt that is wore over the shoulder and chest to hold things.

Work Cited

Shmoop Editorial Team. "The Canon and Canon's Yeoman in The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 28 Feb 28 2016.


"The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer: CHARACTER ANALYSIS." The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer: CHARACTER ANALYSIS. TheBestNotes, 10 May 2008. Web. 28 Feb. 2016.


"The Canterbury Tales." The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue and Tale. Cliffs Notes, n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2016.