The only thing worse than papers about the Wife of Bath that treat her as a representative medieval woman who, like all medieval women, is sadly oppressed by her husbands, yet somehow comes up with some modern feminist principles in order to redress the balance: papers that suggest that the domestic violence she endures is all her fault and that she has no business complaining about husband #5 hitting her on the head so hard “that in the floor I lay as I were deed.”

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  1. I know. "Everyone in the Middle Ages was stupid and obedient and believed all this stupid religious stuff and never questioned anything ever." It's worse when you know the class was talking and directly contradicting a number of these assumptions, right when the student was participating!, but somehow the paper defaults to these horrid old chestnuts!

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