Chaucer’s Worste Shrewe: The Pardoner.

Author / Editor
Ethel, Garland.

Chaucer’s Worste Shrewe: The Pardoner.

Modern Language Quarterly 20 (1959): 211-27.

Examines the characterization of the Pardoner as the "wretchedest and vilest of the ecclesiastical sinners" among Chaucer's pilgrims in CT, arguing that "not covetousness, but wrath against the Divine was the Pardoner’s prime motivation." Tallies a wide variety of the Pardoner's sins of commission and omission, using the seven deadly sins as a structural guide, and exploring the opinions of the other pilgrims and of Chaucer toward the Pardoner.

Chaucer Subjects
Pardoner and His Tale