Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2758
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Ireland , Colin A.
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  • Title: A Coverchief or a Calle: The Ultimate End of the Wife of Bath's Search for Sovereignty [The author suggests that the Wife of Bath and her tale may be influenced by Irish stories both in the figure of the Loathly Lady who awards sovereignty over the kingdom and in the meaning of the word "calle" (Middle English: hair net, headdress) (Modern English "caul"). The author argues that Chaucer may be drawing on the Irish words "caille" (veil) and "caillech" (veiled one) to give a metaphorical meaning to "calle" as a marker of a woman's station in life. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Neophilologus 75, ( 1991): Pages 150 - 159.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Analogs Cauls (Hairnets Worn as Headdresses) Chaucer, Geoffrey, Poet- Canterbury Tales- Wife of Bath's Tale Irish Literature Literature- Verse Loathly Lady (Literary Figure) Middle English Language Sovereignty Wife of Bath (Literary Figure)
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 14
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  • Author's Affiliation: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
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  • Year of Publication: 1991.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00282677
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