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Gentlenesse in the Dragon Age Universe

I am a medievalist; the bulk of my study has been on Geoffrey Chaucer and his works. Chaucer, most well known for The Canterbury Tales, was intrigued by the concept of “gentlenesse.” At the very least, many of his works (including Tales like The Wife of Bath’s Tale and The Clerk’s Tale) deal with this issue. Gentlenesse is about the qualities […]

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Quite the Conundrum: The Wife of Bath’s Tale and the Loathly Lady

Perhaps one of the most problematic of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is “The Wife of Bath’s Tale.”  While it was written in the 1300s and one must read it with the attitudes of the time in mind, it’s quite difficult to read critically as a feminist without giving it some major side eye. Just to summarize […]