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CT consists of a sequence of stories, told within the framework of a (fictional) pilgrimage. The story collection, as a narrative form, would have been familiar to Chaucer from such examples as *Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the Seven Sages (an anonymous work from the late twelfth century), *Boccaccio’s Decameron (c. 1350), and *Gower’s Confessio Amantis (the first version of which was completed in 1390).
Campaneus see Capaneus Canacee Female protagonist of SqT. Canacee (also ‘Canace’) is the beautiful daughter of king *Cambyuskan. SqT relates how she receives the gift of a magical ring which enables her to communicate with birds, and goes on to describe at length her sympathetic treatment of a (female) falcon wronged in love. Since she is presented as a model of decency and moderation, her association with the story of her incestuous relationship with her brother *Cambalo seems somewhat problematic.
2138–48) is, perhaps, still more disturbing and challenging, particularly when his speech, though full of scriptural resonances, is dismissively referred to as ‘swiche olde lewed wordes’ (2149). Further reading: Besserman (1988). bibliography see Studies in the Age of Chaucer; biography see Chaucer, Geoffrey Black Death Plague which severely affected England in 1348–49. This plague, later termed the Black Death, was carried from Asia to Europe by trading vessels. During the course of 1348–49, it killed perhaps a third of the population of England.