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The Guildsmen

Canterbury Tales
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Erin Demma

on 7 November 2012

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Transcript of The Guildsmen

By: Erin Demma The Guildsmen The Guildsmen Video: Medieval Guilds "Their wisdom would have justified a plan to make each one of them an aldermen (Prentice Hall 107)." Class and Estate "To be called madam is a glorious thought and so is going to church and being seen having your mantle carried like a queen (Prentice Hall 107)." Ethics "They were so trim and fresh their gear would pass for new (Prentice Hall 107)." Appearance The carpenter, haberdasher, dyer, weaver, and carpet maker are all represented by Chaucer as the guildsmen. "Among our rates, all in livery of one impressive guild-fraternity (Prentice Hall 106)." "Each seemed a worthy burgess, fit to grace a guild-hall with a seat upon a dais (Prentice Hall 107)." The guildsmen would have been in the "tradesmen class" which was a lower middle class. Although, they dress and acted in an elegant way because they aspired to be in a higher social class. The guildsmen would have been in the third estate, which included all the people in society except priests, knights, and women (Schwartz 1). The guildsmen would have owned a shop to practice their skill. Also, they would have been wealthy enough to own a fair amount of land. The guildsmen's ethics are certainly questionable because they and their wives dressed and acted as if they were in a high social class, when really they were just craftsmen. "Their knives were not tricked out with brass but wrought with purist silver (Prentice Hall 107)." The guildsmen appeared in a very elegant and pleasing manor. Satire "Chaucer's intention seems to be to satirize the self importance of the guildsmen and their wives who are addressed as madam and have their trails carried behind them (The Best Notes 1)." The guildsmen recently became affluent and began to concieted. Chaucer makes fun of how the Guildsmen dress and act socially prominent than their class traditionally would. The guildsmen would all be part of a guild, or medieval association often having considerable power. They would all act very concieted and only worry about their own wealth. (Google 1) (Google 1) Tale of the Guildsmen Once upon a time, a young boy was born into a peasant family. He grew up working the field with his father and brothers, just as every young boy did during this time. Around the age of twelve, something quite unusual happened for a peasant boy. He met a man in his village who offered to train him as a knight. The boy knew what kind of opportunity this was, so he immediately went with the knight. In the years to follow, he served as a squire and trained to be a knight. He dressed in the most elegant of clothing and spoke in a sophisticated manor. Finally, the boy was named a knight, married a woman of nobility, and acquired much honor for himself and his family. (Google 1) "Chaucer often ridicules the pretnesions of the recently affluent trade organizations and their nouveau riche members (Gastle 1)." (Google 1) (Youtube 1) (Google 1) Works Cited
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