TITLE

The Problem of Defining "Sovereynetee" in the "Wife of Bath's Tale."

AUTHOR(S)
Thomas, Susanne Sara
PUB. DATE
July 2006
SOURCE
Chaucer Review;2006, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p87
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the problem of defining "sovereynetee" in the "Wife of Bath's Tale." The primary meaning of the term are excellence, superiority of a kind, quality, preeminence in a class, supremacy or power or rank, as well as royal authority, and the power of a ruler. However, in the 18th and 19th centuries, another meaning existed, which is the sense of a territory under the rule of a sovereign, and the supreme controlling power in communities not under monarchical government.
ACCESSION #
21276078

 

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