The Prologue, the Knightes Tale, the Nonne Prestes Tale, from the Canterbury Tales. a Revised Text

The Prologue, the Knightes Tale, the Nonne Prestes Tale, from the Canterbury Tales. a Revised Text

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...of a smart abbot, by an anonymous writer of the thirteenth century: 'Ocreas habebat in cruribus quasi innatae essent, sine plica porrectas.' Bod. MS. James, n. 6, p. 121. (Tyrwhitt.) 1. 205. for-pyned, tormented, and hence wasted away; from pine, torment, pain; pined also signifies wasted, as in the modern verb pine. The for-is intensitive, as in Eng./orsK'eor. 1. 208. Frere, friar. The four orders of mendicant friars mentioned in 1. 210 were: --(1) The Dominicans, or friars-preachers, who took up their abode in Oxford in 1221, known as the Black Friars. (2) The Franciscans, founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1209, and known by the name of Grey Friars. They made their first appearance in England in 1224. (3) The Carmelites, or White Friars. (4) The Augustin (or Austin) Friars. The friar was popular with the mercantile classes on account of his varied attainments and experience. 'Who else so welcome at the houses of men to whom scientific skill and information, scanty as they might be, were yet of no inconsiderable service and attraction. He alone of learned and unlearned possessed some knowledge of foreign countries and their productions; he alone was acquainted with the composition and decomposition of bodies, with the art of distillation, with the construction of machinery, and with the ose of the laboratory.' See Professor Brewer's Preface to Monumenta Franciscana, p. xlv. wantown, sometimes written wantowen, literally signifies untrained, and hence wild, brisk, lively, wan is a common O. E. prefix, equivalent to our Mn-or dis; as wanhope, despair; wanbeleve, unbelief; wantruste, distrust; towen or town occurs in O.E. writers for well-behaved, good. See Glossary. merye, pleasant; cp. O.E. merryweiher, pleasant weather. l. 209. lymytour was a...
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