The knight character is very much differ from the others characters in “Canterbury Tales”. he belongs to the world of secular, in Chaucer’s time the chivalry and bravery had very much significance in human life, hands to hands battles were very common . The knights fought for sacred purpose, for instance dignity for woman, honour for religion and honour for country but this chivalry was ended the invention of gunpowder. The monopoly of knights, yeoman and squire was ended, now a days the knights are only decoration piece in England
‘A KNYGHT ther was, and that a worthy man,
That fro the tyme that he first bigan
To riden out, he loved chivalrie,
Trouthe and honour, fredom and curteisie.
Ful worthy was he in his lordes werre,
And therto hadde he riden, no man ferre…’
The Character of Parson is compatible with knights in many ways because in world of religion he safes his parishioners by enemies whereas the knight safes his companions by enemies in secular world. He is virtuous in world of ecclesiastical rather he is famous in secular as well as battlefield.
‘His hors were goode, but he was nat gay. /Of fustian he wered a gypon…’,
‘At mortal batailles hadde he been fiftene,
And foughten for oure feith at Tramyssene
In lystes thries, and ay slayn his foo.
This ilke worthy knyght hadde been also
Somtyme with the lord of Palatye
Agayn another hethen in Turkye.
And everemoore he hadde a sovereyn prys;’