The Prioress’s Tale:Two Readings
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Read by Thomas Rendall (as Chaucer). Read by Michelle Matthews (as the Prioress). This tale is somewhat analogous to the tale of the young Hugh of Lincoln, supposedly a victim of ritual killing among the Jews of Lincoln. Young Hugh was declassified as a true saint during Vatican II. The story takes place in the Middle East, in Syria (Surrye) where a widow's young choral scholar son of seven is killed for his continual singing of the "Alma Redemptoris Mater" as he passes through the Jewish ghetto of his town on the way to the cathedral choral school. When some of the Jews succumb to the devil's temptation to kill this Christian innocent, a seven-year-old clergeoun, he is discovered by his beautiful singing even after death, thanks to a miracle of Virgin, to whom his song is directed in daily praise. Does the implicit anti-semitism of the tale reflect more on Chaucer's Prioress as a character we meet in the General Prologue or more upon the poet Chaucer?

Recorded at Campion College, University of Regina, 1989 as read by Michelle Matthews, and at the 7th International Congress of the New Chaucer Society, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1990, as read by Rendall. 1989, 1990
Readers: Thomas Rendall (as Chaucer), Michelle Matthews (as the Prioress).
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