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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

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

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

Achate

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

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

Adam

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the first man according to the Book of Genesis, made by God from earth; the husband of Eve, and

Adam

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Chaucer's scribe (see book), the subject of the poem Adam (sometimes called ‘Adam Scriveyn’ or, from the rubric

Adoon

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the son of Myrrha (Mirra). His beauty captivated Venus. When, in spite of her warnings, he went hunting

Adrastus

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legendary king of Argos, who led the army of the Seven against Thebes (1). He returned home (Anel

Adriane

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Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete, fell in love with Theseus, and gave him a thread so that

Affrican

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(236/5– c.183 bc),

Roman consul at the beginning of the Second Punic War and a great general

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