Chaucer's Pardoner as Entertainer.

Author / Editor
Beichner, Paul E.

Chaucer's Pardoner as Entertainer.

Mediaeval Studies 25 (1963): 160-72.

Contrasts medieval and modern charitable giving, indulgence granting, and false relics, and assesses the Pardoner as a "professional collector," and "high-pressure fund raiser," reading PardPT as "an exposition" of the Pardoner's "fund-raising technique" and his "entertainment" of the pilgrims. His "benediction" (6.916-18) at the end of his tale is "honest," and his "dig" at the Host (6.941-45) offered as entertainment as well.

Chaucer Subjects
Pardoner and His Tale