Power and Corruption in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Over time he cultivated high standings with dukes and the court. He served as the Justice of the Peace and Knight of the Shire; both titles were given to him by Parliament (Greenblatt, 239). His association with the court implies that he helped bridge the gap between the middle and upper class; he helped alleviate the feudal system.
During his time in office he wrote many pieces of literature many, mostly about love and romance. His role as "a diplomat who, in his spare time, happened to write poetry"(Day 2), and the office he held well qualified him to “give weight to his examination of the Church”(Day 2) and have a unique perspective on the matter. Later in his life he started writing what he hoped would be his biggest work: a framed narrative consisting of a collection of stories, told from the point of view of group of individuals traveling together on a pilgrimage to Canterbury. Sadly he died before it was completed.
The Canterbury Tales was supposed to be a work of one hundred and twenty stories; each pilgrim would tell two stories on the way to and from