|Canterbury Tales-a Personal Pe
Canterbury Tales-A personal perspective on the Medieval Christian Church
In researching Geoffrey Chaucer's collection of stories named The Canterbury Tales, an interesting illustration of the Medieval Church becomes evident. A crooked society exists within the corrupt, medieval church community. Not all of the clergy's intentions were corrupt, but as Chaucer, through his character the Pardoner,so well put it,'Radix malorum est cupiditas';, ( Love of money is the root of all evil). Many corrupted evils, such as greed, drove the clergy to deviate from the spirituality that religion was originated from. At that time, in all levels of society, belief in God or gods was not a matter of choice, it was a matter of fact. Atheism was an alien concept and this is why the church was so powerful. Sometimes, people of the church would take advantage of that
Leading a life pleasing God was one of the most significant concerns of the medieval man. The...