Being a woman in the Middle Ages was hard. Women had to relyon a man to support them and make their life easier. Men did not seem to live along time. The saying “you only have one true soulmate in your lifetime,” wasnot true, because when one husband died they went looking for another one.
“Guinevere”she was happily married to King Arthur, when she saw a knight named SirLancelot. They have love affairs and end the affair only to begin it again.”Sir Lancelot forgets his promise and begins to sleep with Guinevere again”after making his promise to not sleep with the queen, he does again. He got tothe point that he did not care anymore. Then that makes a bigger problem forthe kingdom, Queen Guinevere is not being loyal and committed like shepromised, when she promise to love King Arthur.In the story, it said Sir Lancelot,”But ever his thought were privily on the queen, and so they loved togethermore hotter than they did to-forehand.” Guinevere thought that she could be withSir Lancelot without anyone knowing.
Sir Lancelot does not want King Arthur tofind out about the affair that is going on, between Queen Guinevere andhimself. Sir Agravaine opened his mouthand spilt the beans about Guinevere and Sir Lancelot. Sir Lancelot keeps away from Queen Guinevereas best that he can. Sir Lancelot wastrying be a gentleman. Guinevere is not happy thatLancelot is staying away from her. Atcourt Guinevere allowed Sir Lancelot to speak to her and then she ordersLancelot to stay away from the court, “I well understand that thou art a falserecreant knight and a common lecher and lovest and holdest other ladies, and byme thou hast disdain and scorn. For wit thou well, she said, now I understandthy falsehood, and therefore shall I never love thee no more.” (Chapter II) Queen Guinevere is not done withSir Lancelot yet.
When Guinevere poisons with an apple, “a good knight namePatrise, cousin unto Sir Mador de la Porte” instead of Sir Gawaine. (Chapter 3)Guienevere is tried for treason because of the poisoned apple. Sir Lancelot comes to Guinevere’s rescue byfighting Sir Mador.”The Wife of Bath” goes through alot in here story. She loses all of her “soulmates.” She married multiple timein her life to keep herself alive. Husband after husband, thinking each timethat she had found her one true love. Her fourth husband has passed, in thestory it quoted “at the fourth husband’s funeral, she could hardly keep hereyes off a young clerk named Jankyn, whom she already admired.
” The Wife of Bath is a woman who likes men. TheWife of Bath.was a woman who would find a man to marry at one husband’sfuneral.She was able to get her husbands to do what she wanted them to do. Whena husband would not do what she wanted, she would nag and bully them. Shealways to him what to do, she had control over him.
He basically did not have achoice. After they abused each other, they finally know how to love each other.Even though she was way older than hm. In both stories “The Wife of Bath”and “Guinevere”, they are both similar and different in many ways. In both themthey are happily married, but both of them fall in love with another man.
“TheWife of Bath” and “Guinevere” they can get away with things easily. These twowomen went through the middle ages, and how they handled things in their life,how they are able to make it, through similar and different things. “The wifeof bath” and “Queen Guinevere” they were both was controlling to their men.They always had it their way, did things in a certain way.
They both knew howto get what they wanted or needed. They both whores, they didn’t care whatanyone thought.`