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Canterbury Tales - Sergeant at Law
Transcript of Canterbury Tales - Sergeant at Law
Man of Law (Sergeant)
Generally, he is a prestigious professional appointed by the king himself. The "Serjeant" is one of the upper-class men, one who uses professional and financial success to purchase land for himself. We learn that nowhere was there so great a "purchasour," or landowner as the Sergeant of the Law, who owned it free and clear without having to rely on loans.
The Sergeant at Law was a lawyer appointed by the monarch to serve as a judge. He was chosen from among lawyers of sixteen years' standings, and had to host a feast of almost royal magnificence, at which the king himself was sometimes present.
He rode simply dressed in a coat of mixed weave, gathered with a silk belt with small metal ornaments.
Wary, wise, excellent, discreet, greatly respected, renowned, knowledgeable. He also appeared more busy than he truly was.
The Sergeant at Law, also known as the lawyer, is a respectable and highly esteemed member of society. His legal work is flawless and he has been known to win many cases. In the prologue, he is considered middle class.
The Language of Literature [British Literature] p.121 lines 319-340
The Sergeant at Law was a judge of the high courts, so he knew all the crimes and judgements of the cases since King Williams time. He kept order and solved cases given to him. His days also includes writing contracts, performing in court, ensuring the law is being followed, and buying land (flaunting and spending his vast amount of money).