A Knyght ther was, and that a worthy man,

from Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales (General Prologue) on Rap Genius

Meaning

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Chaucer’s Knight is generally thought of by scholars to be an experienced and professional soldier, motivated by religious ideals. Though it’s possible to read the profile ironically (and many have; the word ‘worthy’ is repeated 5 times, and his rugged appearance can be interpreted to indicate a mercenary dog of war), the prevailing view is that he’s a corrective to the blingy/morally dubious knights of previous Mediaeval Estates Satires.

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