1 : a medieval preacher delegated to raise money for religious works by soliciting offerings and granting indulgences.
His profession is somewhat dubious—pardoners offered indulgences, or previously written pardons for particular sins, to people who repented of the sin they had committed. Along with receiving the indulgence, the penitent would make a donation to the Church by giving money to the pardoner.
” This proves significant because a pardoner is an agent of the pope who absolves people of their sin. A parson is a priest or pastor. The Parson has made it his life practice to be as pure as possible, and he is the only member of the group of travelers headed to Canterbury that refuses the Host’s request for a tale.
pardoner (plural pardoners) One who pardons. (historical) In medieval Catholicism, a person licensed to grant papal pardons or indulgences.
From his prologue and tale, the reader discovers that the Pardoner is well read, that he is psychologically astute, and that he has profited significantly from his profession. Yet Chaucer places him at the very bottom of humanity because he uses the church and holy, religious objects as tools to profit personally.
STUDY. What is a pardoner? A person liscensed by the church to grant indulgences.
The Pardoner has long, greasy, yellow hair and is beardless. These characteristics were associated with shiftiness and gender ambiguity in Chaucer’s time. The Pardoner also has a gift for singing and preaching whenever he finds himself inside a church.
There are no such people as pardoners nowadays; in Chaucer’s day many of them (though not all) had a bad reputation.
How does the Pardoner earn his living? by taking money to “forgive sins”, he also sells religious trinkets, that are fake.
In the story, he tricks the people to buy his fake relics and other things by using the church’s believe. The Pardoner act and his teaching are all corrupted because of the church. It shows the side of greediness, gluttony and selfishness which highly reflect into himself and his believe.
Chaucer’s description of the Pardoner suggests he’s part of the Middle Age’s emerging middle class. He is well-dressed and groomed; Chaucer even describes him as a bit of a dandy, a man overly concerned with his appearance.
The Pardoner in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales would have felt right at home with the traveling pilgrims. They were headed to Canterbury as part of a religious ritual to visit the shrine of the martyred saint, Thomas Becket.
were all pardoners ethical? explain. no, take money for the church or themselves. translate “radix malorum est cupiditas” the love of money is the root of all evil.
The Irony in The Pardoners tale The Pardoners Tale is ironic due to the fact that “Radit malorum est cupiditas” (Chaucer line 8) means the love of money is the root of all evil. The tale is about the pardoner who is full of evil exploiting people with fake junk to receive money.
As a religious authority, the Pardoner’s largest fault takes the form of hypocrisy. He preaches against sin but indulges in all forms of sin at the same time. The Pardoner even tries to excuse his behavior by favorably comparing himself to other hypocritical preachers who seek power or inflame hate.