A Marchant

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


The word ‘merchant’, in Chaucer’s time, generally meant a large scale importer/exporter of commodities like wool, cloth and wine. Chaucer probably knew a fair bit about merchants— his father was one, and he worked at the Custom House, where he would have met many important merchants.

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