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The Canterbury Tales: The Skipper

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The Skipper The Canterbury Tales Who is the Skipper? Works Cited The Skipper was a sun-kissed sailor from Dartmouth who rode a carthorse and wore a knee-length gown made of a coarse cloth and a cord around his neck that held a dagger. He had a habit of drinking the wine on ships when everyone else was asleep. The skipper was of the amoral type; when he got into fights and won, he gave no mercy by making them walk the plank to get home. The Skipper could also navigate easily through many storms and knew where harbors could be found from Gotland and Cape Finistere. 'The Maudelayne' was the name of his own vessel. Skippers are the captains of a vessel, usually a small trading or fishing vessel. What exactly does a Skipper do? It's a story about a rich merchant and his wife who's unhappy about their marriage. She tells his close friend, a monk, about it and then asks for some money that her husband refused to lend her. The monk easily borrows some money from the merchant and then gives it to the wife but only if she sleeps with him, which she does. When the merchant asks for the money back, the monk tells him he gave it to his wife. When confronted, she says she spent it already and that she'll pay the debt back the debt to him in bed. The Shipper's Tale Allen, Janet, ed., et al. Holt McDougal Literature:
Grade 12. Orlando: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. Print.
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The Shipman's Tale." Cliffnotes. N.p., n.d.
Web. 3 Nov 2012.
<http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_guide/literature/canterbury-tales/summary-analysis/shipmans-tale.html>. What was the life of a Medieval Skipper like? Had a lonely and hard life due to being at sea most of their life
Most difficult job of this time
Required strong will and dedication
Worked sunrise to sunset with a variety of tasks to do.
Ferried troops, supplies, horses and food from port to port
Paid based on rank.
Mainly sailed on ships owned by kings, nobles and monarchs.
Trained to handle a vessel, their duties at sea, and ocean combat
Common goal to become an officer and command their own vessel.
Didn't gain respect until the Crusades
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