The Merchant's Lombard Knight.

Author / Editor
Olson, Paul A.

The Merchant's Lombard Knight.

Texas Studies in Literature and Language 3 (1961): 259-63.

Explores the Merchant's "animus toward Italians or, at least, toward Lombards from Pavia" in his characterization of January. Responding to the Clerk's view of Lombards, the Merchant reflects late-medieval English malice against Italian commercial competitors, especially Pavians, who were associated with usury. Summarizes Lombard involvement in English wool trade.

Chaucer Subjects
Merchant and His Tale
Clerk and His Tale