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Citing specific evidence from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales , how "religious" was medieval society (or was not)?

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Society was quite religious in the aspect that formalized religion dominated day-to-day life and politics, but one could argue that religious morals were suspect.

For example, the Friar accepted bribes. The following lines from the General Prologue illustrate this:

He was an easy man to give penance/
When knowing he should gain a good pittance;/
For to a begging friar, money given/
Is sign that any man has been well shriven./
For if one gave (he dared to boast of this),/
He took the man's repentance not ...

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The solution is a short exploration of Chaucer's Medieval stories pertaining to the practice of a devout life.

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What role did the church play in the daily lives of the medieval public?
Where these characters truly concerned about religion above all else during
the spiritual pilgrimage described?
(Choose a very specific aspect of the role of religion and focus your argument around
that specifically.)
You will need to footnote all information
except that which comes from lecture or your own mind.

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