A consideration of Chaucer's and Wycliffe's ideals of the parish clergy

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Charles Daniel Crews (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Charles Tisdale

Abstract: Among the many unsettled questions relating to Chaucerian studies that of the possibility of Chaucer's dependence on Wycliffe occupies a primary position. This study deals with this problem in one specific area: Chaucer's and Wycliffe's ideals of the parish clergy. In regard to Chaucer, the study concerns itself primarily with the Canterbury Tales. The relevant works of Wycliffe consist of a number of his English and Latin religious books and treatises. The study also considers background information on the historical situation of the two men, as well as a representative selection of the writings of their predecessors and contemporaries on the ideal of the parish clergy. In considering Chaucer's and Wycliffe's ideals of the parish clergy this study fully acknowledges that these men demonstrate a remarkable amount of agreement in their presentations of this ideal. After a thorough consideration of these points of agreement, however, this study cannot conclude that Chaucer was directly indebted to Wycliffe for his position. To affirm such a conclusion would be to attempt to make the available evidence prove much more than it in fact does. Rather, the evidence suggests that both men were in a very loose tradition of reform which manifested itself in widely different forms in the Mediaeval world.

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Language: English
Date: 1970
Chaucer, Geoffrey, $d d. 1400 $x Criticism and interpretation
Chaucer, Geoffrey, $d d. 1400 $x Religion
Chaucer, Geoffrey, $d d. 1400. $t Canterbury tales
Wycliffe, John, $d d. 1384 $x Criticism and interpretation
Wycliffe, John, $d d. 1384 $x Religion

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