A Frere ther was,
His illustration from the Ellesmere manuscript:
Chaucer’s Friar is a counterpart to the Monk, in many ways, as he is obviously a massive failure religiously, but Chaucer’s satire is not as hard as that found in other depictions of Friars. (Again, from Jill Mann’s Chaucer and the Medieval Estates Satire).
The Friar is possibly more reprehensible than the Monk, since his misdeeds aren’t limited to prioritizing hunting: he makes a sound profit from confessions, and is ‘well known’ to women of his town.
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