A Monk ther was, a fair for the maistrie,
An outridere, that lovede venerie;
(= There was a monk, one of the best / He was an outrider [i.e., allowed to leave the monastery] who loved hunting)
Chaucer’s image of the Monk conflicts with our modern ideas about the archetype: Monks in medieval England often led lives of excess, living of the many donations rich aristocrats made to their order. This Monk is a hunting man, and is dressed in the finest furs.
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