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

Thomas, Susanne Sara
July 2006
Chaucer Review;2006, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p87
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
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.


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