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Canterbury Tales: The Guildsmen

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Ross DeLattre

on 13 November 2012

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Transcript of Canterbury Tales: The Guildsmen

the Guildsmen Canterbury Tales The Guildsmen was not a single character. It was a group of craftsmen that were no shysters. They were always dressed in fine, new clothing. the 5 Guildsmen If I were to compare the Guildsmen to a modern-day occupation, I would say that they are comparable to Wal-Mart. The Guildsmen sold all types of goods. they sold products such as clothing, swords and knives, and household appliances. The Guildsmen The Guildsmen were made up of craftsmen of all sorts, including a haberdasher(hat-maker), a carpenter, an arras(curtain-maker), a dyer, and a weaver. From reading Chaucer's description of the Guildsmen, i have concluded that they were of a brotherly bond, as if they were a fraternity. They dressed in very similar uniforms, which were of fine and new cloth. They were not cheap, for Chaucer says their knives were trimmed with silver, rather than cheap brass. The men were also proper citizens as if they were local officals. The 5 Guildsmen the Guildsmen > The Backstreet Boys The Backstreet Boys are similar to the Guildsmen because they are a group of 5, whom dress similar. Although they do not craft things, they did sell albums. The Five Guildsmen
A haberdasher and a carpenter,
An arras-maker, dyer, and weaver
Were with us, clothed in similar livery,
All of one sober, great fraternity.
Their gear was new and well adorned it was;(5)
Their weapons were not cheaply trimmed with brass,
But all with silver; chastely made and well
Their girdles and their pouches too, I tell.
Each man of them appeared a proper burgess
To sit in guildhall on a high dais.(10)
And each of them, for wisdom he could span,
Was fitted to have been an alderman;
For chattels they’d enough, and, too, of rent;
To which their good wives gave a free assent,
Or else for certain they had been to blame.(15)
It’s good to hear “Madam” before one’s name,
And go to church when all the world may see,
Having one’s mantle borne right royally.
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