THE WIFE OF BATH TOTE BAG

ONE BAG, ONE STORY   THE BAG AK Bag - ArtAK THE WIFE OF BATH  TOTE BAG : a must have for the strong-willed, successful, busy woman     Size & Fit Material: 3mm thick premium Wool Designer Felt Dimension: 14″W (at base) x 11″H x 7″D http://artak.co/products/akbag https://www.etsy.com/listing/199873096/artak-ak-bag-wool-felt-diaper-bag-felt?ref=listing-shop-header-0

The ArtAK  Wife of Bath  large shoulder tote bag is handcrafted in Miami from lightweight 3mm thick premium merino wool designer felt of the highest quality. It ha a magnetic top center clip closure, a front slide pocket,

an inside mobile phone pocket, two inside medium pockets (fits wipes and diapers) and an outside big pocket. The AK bag also includes two side straps to keep bottles in place. Two straps to hook onto strollers hooks will also be sewn on each side if requested. You can also choose the colors you want  your bag to be and also have your name or initials embroidered on it. 

The AK bag is fashionable, stylish, lightweight, durable and outstanding in every way imaginable!

It is definitely a bag made for busy women! The AK bag is just the right size for the modern woman who, like the Wife of Bath in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “ The Canterbury Tales”, is a shrewd business woman who likes to keep everything organized.

THE CHARACTER : THE WIFE OF BATH THE WIFE OF BATH

“ there was a business woman, from near Bath…so skilled a clothmaker”

When thinking of medieval women we often have the romantic idea of  weak, helpless maidens that need to be protected by gallant knights. However, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales seem to tell a different story : the Wife of Bath, for example, is a strong, independent, forceful woman who, as an independent, dynamic business woman and a skilled cloth-maker, can be compared to contemporary women.

She is a beautiful lady “ bold was her face, and handsome; florid too”, and her  “gap-toothed mouth” in the Middle Ages was considered to be a sign of attractiveness. She is also large-hipped, thus representing a very realistic kind of woman, quite different from the chivalric ideals. She is very friendly and she has married five times so she is always ready to give remedies for all love’s misfortunes “ No doubt she knew of all the cures for love, for at that game she was a past mistress” though “she had been respectable all her life”.

She comes from Bath, then the centre of the cloth-making trade in a period when weaving was one of the most important economic resources in England and belongs to the rising middle class: as a business woman, she is so good at cloth-making that she “ outdistanced even the weavers of Ypres and Ghent”, Flemish towns famous for their fine cloth. She likes wearing nice clothes “ her stockings were of finest scarlet red, very tightly laced” ,  her shoes are soft and new, she is wearing a flowing mantle, “a riding skirt  round her enormous hips” , “a pair of sharp spurs on her feet” which testify to her bossy and self-confident personality. Finally, on her head, a veiled, broad hat “that might have been a shield in size and shape”.

Her high social status appears in her “first –class” position in church and her desire to be at the centre of attention reveals in the choice of the elegant, finely woven ground scarves she uses to cover her head on Sundays during the religious services.

Just like a modern woman, the Wife of Bath likes travelling : “ she knew all about wandering – and straying…she had wandered over many a foreign stream” . She has traveled on pilgrimages to Jerusalem three times and elsewhere in Europe as well.

THE STORY :

THE CANTERBURY TALES

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“ When that April with his showers soote its showers sweet The drought of March hath piercèd to the root And bathèd every vein in such liquor rootlet / liquid Of which virtúe engendered is the flower;2 5 When Zephyrus eke with his sweetè breath West Wind also Inspirèd hath in every holt and heath grove & field The tender croppès, and the youngè sun young shoots / Spring sun Hath in the Ram his halfè course y-run,3 in Aries / has run And smallè fowlès maken melody little birds 10 That sleepen all the night with open eye Who sleep (So pricketh them Natúre in their couráges), spurs / spirits Then longen folk to go on pilgrimáges, people long And palmers for to seeken strangè strands pilgrims / shores To fernè hallows couth in sundry lands,4 distant shrines known 15 And specially from every shirè’s end county’s Of Engèland to Canterbury they wend go The holy blissful martyr for to seek, St. Thomas Becket That them hath holpen when that they were sick.”

The Canterbury Tales belongs to Geoffrey Chaucer’s “ English Period” and resembling Boccaccio’s Decameron ( 1353) it is a “ frame poem” containing a number of separate tales within the general framework of a pilgrimage. The story revolves around a group of thirty pilgrims who meet at the Tabard inn to journey on horseback from London to Canterbury where they will go to pray on the shrine of St Thomas à Becket. The host of the Inn, Harry Bailey, proposes that each pilgrim agrees to tell two stories on their way to Canterbury and two stories on the way back to London. The pilgrim agree fixing, therefore, the total number of stories to just 120. The plan, however, is not fully carried out : only twenty- four tales, two of which are unfinished, and the Prologue have come down to us. The Prologue is a vivid portrait gallery of the pilgrims who belong to all social classes of 14th century England with a prevalence of the middle classes. Chaucer’s greatness lies in his ability to make each pilgrim appear both the representative of his/ her social type and a perfectly recognizable individual. In The Wife of Bath, for example, we notice that some of her traits can only belong to the individual woman such as her set apart teeth, but other details like her pride in giving money as alms before everybody or her clothes, seem to belong to a recognizable social type rather than to the single woman. Written in a flexible and controlled English that runs from stately, lyrical or dignified language to popular or vulgar speech, The Canterbury Tales is the first work to provide a realistic picture of a large cross section of medieval society, from nobles, churchmen, churchwomen to commoners and the up and coming tradesmen of the day.

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