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Aaron

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

ABC

ABC  

One of Chaucer's shorter poems (184 lines, in eight-line stanzas). It is a translation of a prayer to the Virgin (Seinte Marie) in the Pelerinaige de la vie humaine (1331 ...
Abigail

Abigail  

In 1 Samuel 25, the wife of Nabal and subsequently of David. The name came to signify a waiting‐woman, from the name of the ‘waiting‐gentlewoman’ in The Scornful Lady by ...
Abigayl

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

Absolon

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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

Absolon  

The Oxford parish clerk in The Miller's Tale, the rival of the clerk Nicholas for the affections of Alison. We are given a formal portrait of him (I.3312–80). He has ...
Absolon

Absolon  

In the Old Testament, the son of King David (2 Sam. 13–19:8), whose beauty and whose splendid head of hair (2 Sam. 14:26) were famous. In medieval literature he became ...
accident

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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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Sloth; one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Achademycis

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

Achademycis

Achademycis  

‘the scoles of … Achademycis’ [L. Academicis studiis], the ‘Academy’, the school of philosophy founded by Plato (in a grove of olive trees near Athens sacred to the hero Academus), mentioned in Boece ...
Achate

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

Achātēs

Achātēs  

Character in mythology, faithful lieutenant of Aeneas in the Aeneid; a late source ascribes to him the killing of Protesilaus (Eustathius Ad Iliadem 2. 701).T. Weber, Fidus Achates (1988).[...]
Acheloys

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(Acheloys is the possessive form), the river Achelous in Greece. Achelous the river god in the form of a bull

Achemenye

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Persia (and Armenia), from the mountains of which the Tigris and the Euphrates flow (L. Achamaenes, founder of the first

Achille

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son of Peleus and Thetis, the greatest of the Greek heroes in the siege of Troy, is mentioned a

Achitofel

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the wicked counsellor of King David, who incited Absolon (1) to rebel against his father (2 Sam. 15–17), cited as

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