The Canterbury Tales

Discuss theme of Christianty. All tales.


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The Tales as a whole take place on a religious pilgrimage to Canterbury, and Chaucer's "Retraction" makes a famous apology for the way the Tales have a tendency towards sin. Are they blasphemous? Furthermore, is Chaucer's retraction of them genuine? Critics have argued both cases. But what is certain is that the Tales contain a huge amount of religious material, both in the expressly religious tales (the Prioress, the Parson, the Clerk) and in the supposedly non-religious ones (the Summoner, the Miller, the Friar).