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Paul Strohm: Chaucers’s voices

11 July 2002
Pagans, Tartars, Muslims and Jews in Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ 
by Brenda Deen Schildgen.
Florida, 184 pp., £55.50, October 2001, 0 8130 2107 3
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... Christ in the person of innocents and saints. Oppositional as the fictive Jews might seem, they are, in fact, doctrinally on board, doing what the Christian religion of the time requires of them. BrendaDeenSchildgen, writing about the ‘Tale of Constance’, makes the point that ‘the location of the “other” and the “Christian” are not stable geographical places, suggesting that ...

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