Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 The Man of Law's tale
(828 words)


Geoffrey Chaucer

Date: 1390s

Original Language: Middle English


The Man of Law’s tale, based on Nicholas Trevet’s Anglo-Norman chronicle, incorporates many Islamic elements. Until recently, the contrast between Islam and Christianity that undergirds the first half of the story has been overlooked. (The second half deals with the conversion of Britain.) The Man of Law tells a story of a marriage arranged be…

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Schildgen, Brenda, “ The Man of Law's tale”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 20 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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