, 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] Chaucer Canterbury Tales Monk's Tale Prologue of the Monk's tale Prologue of the Nun's Priest's Tale Zenobia

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