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Aaron

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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the brother of Moses (Moyses), a priest, is cited by the friar in The Summoner's Tale (III.1894) as

ABC

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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one of Chaucer's shorter poems (184 lines, in eight-line stanzas). It is a translation of a prayer to the Virgin

Abigayl

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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Abigail, the wife of Nabal in the Old Testament, saved her husband (I Sam. 25:1–35) from the wrath of King

Abraham

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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the Old Testament patriarch whose story is told in Genesis 11:27–25:18. He was traditionally held to be the image of

Absolon

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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in the Old Testament, the son of King David (2 Sam. 13–19:8), whose beauty and whose splendid head of hair

Absolon

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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the Oxford parish clerk in The Miller's Tale, the rival of the clerk Nicholas for the affections of Alison.

accident

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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is used to mean ‘chance happening’ or ‘occurrence’, but in medieval philosophy it also had a more technical sense, deriving

Accidie

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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Sloth; one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Achademycis

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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‘the scoles of … Achademycis’ [L. Academicis studiis], the ‘Academy’, the school of philosophy founded by Plato (in

Achate

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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a faithful friend of Aeneas (Eneas), ‘a knyght’, mentioned in The House of Fame 226, and in the

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