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The Manciple Edit

The Profession: Edit

A manciple is comparable to a modern-day legislative paige. Someone of this profession would be responsible for collecting notes and getting provisions for a court. These people, in medieval times, would not be highly educated; they were a sort of steward for their employers. A manciple would be of a slightly lower standing than "average," putting them in a lower middle-class standing. Those holding this occupation would not necessarily be respected -by the employer or the mass public. They were not a member of church or government who held respect or fear, therefore they were simply mundane.

The Character:Edit

The manciple is not described by appearance in The Canterbury Tales, however his personality and morals are hinted at and described in the stories. From his personality's description and how Chaucer talks about the manciple's mannerisms, one could infer that his way of holding himself would be partially described as self-important and proud, but also slightly humbled in how he presents himself.

 

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