Encounters with Medieval Women: Storyteller

Irina Dumitrescu and Mary Wellesley

In the third episode in their series, Irina and Mary discuss Chaucer's sexually voracious professional widow, stealth preacher, vivid storyteller and teacher of love, the Wife of Bath.

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Image: the Wife of Bath (taken from MS Cambridge GG.4.27) / Music by Kieran Brunt / Produced by Anthony Wilks

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