Consider what you know about the genre of romance. Gain a Wikipedia-level knowledge of the genre as it developed in England and France before Chaucer's time. What are the traditional features of romance that Chaucer is working with in this tale? Is this tale the epitome of the genre, or is it overdone? Do you think there is irony or parody in Chaucer's rendering of a courtly romance here?
From prior and popular knowledge, students might associate romance narrowly with sentimental love stories in modern popular fiction. The genre means something different in the medieval period, and broader. Technically, it was simply a work in the vernacular. By Chaucer's time, the...
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