, Volume 92, Issue 2, pp 339–350

Chaucer’s Monk illuminated: Zenobia as role model

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DOI: 10.1007/s11061-007-9054-z

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Lindeboom, B.W. Neophilologus (2008) 92: 339. doi:10.1007/s11061-007-9054-z


What this article discusses is the unique presence of Zenobia among all the Monk’s male case histories, in order to find that she may have been inserted by Chaucer as being remedially relevant to the Monk’s spiritual condition and to suggest that it may have been her story on which Chaucer intended the Monk’s Tale to end before the interruptions by the Knight and the Host.


[Geoffrey] ChaucerCanterbury TalesMonk's TalePrologue of the Monk's talePrologue of the Nun's Priest's TaleZenobia
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HilversumThe Netherlands