By means of some veiled hints related to the figure of the Pardoner, Chaucer introduces his readers to a peculiar character whose ambiguous moral and sexual identity might be discovered in a far-flung Germanic past once prevailing in Anglo-Saxon England. The description given in the General Prologue recalls Old Norse Gylfaginning where Snorri Sturluson tells the story of Loki: a god who once turned into a mare. It is plausible to think that Chaucer might have drawn from a faded mythologema still known and accessible to his readers’ understanding. This Pardoner–Loki correlation stands as another testimony of the Pardoner’s homosexual nature.

(2008). I Trowe He were a Gelding or a Mare. A Veiled Description of a Bent Pardoner [journal article - articolo]. In NEOPHILOLOGUS. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/154037

I Trowe He were a Gelding or a Mare. A Veiled Description of a Bent Pardoner

Cocco, Gabriele
2008

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By means of some veiled hints related to the figure of the Pardoner, Chaucer introduces his readers to a peculiar character whose ambiguous moral and sexual identity might be discovered in a far-flung Germanic past once prevailing in Anglo-Saxon England. The description given in the General Prologue recalls Old Norse Gylfaginning where Snorri Sturluson tells the story of Loki: a god who once turned into a mare. It is plausible to think that Chaucer might have drawn from a faded mythologema still known and accessible to his readers’ understanding. This Pardoner–Loki correlation stands as another testimony of the Pardoner’s homosexual nature.
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Cocco, Gabriele
(2008). I Trowe He were a Gelding or a Mare. A Veiled Description of a Bent Pardoner [journal article - articolo]. In NEOPHILOLOGUS. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/154037
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