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The Knights Tale As Cosmography:The Good Rule Of The Universe

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In medieval rhetorical theory, the ending of a text was seen as the most appropriate place for the expression of those opinions which an author especially wanted to emphasise. The explicit introduction of the Boethian elements is one of the major differences between Chaucer's tale and Boccaccio's Teseida. Boethian philosophy, cosmography and morality were certainly seen by medieval writers as being compatible with the kind of Aristotelian ethical and political theory which was expounded by writers such as Giles of Rome. It would seem, then, that although Duke Theseus's cosmology and his justification of the ways of God to men have, understandably, seemed inherently unconvincing to many modern critics, his teachings were actually the commonplaces of Chaucer's own day.

Keywords: Chaucer; Cosmography; Duke Theseus; Knight's Tale



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