"We shul first feyne us cristendom to take": Conversion and Deceit in Chaucer's Man of Law's Tale.

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  • Author(s): Sottosanti, Danielle1
  • Source:
    Studies in Philology. Spring2020, Vol. 117 Issue 2, p240-260. 21p.
  • Document Type:
    Poetry Review
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      When analyzing the figure of the Sowdanesse in Geoffrey Chaucer's Man of Law's Tale , critics have tended to perceive her characterization as a reflection of fourteenth-century Western patriarchal culture's misogyny or anti-Muslim sentiment. However, the Sowdanesse also functions in the tale as a case study for the problematics of forced religious conversion and the potential for feigned conversion. When Chaucer elaborates the Syrian portion of the narrative from his source texts, he adds the detail that the Sowdanesse is advocating for feigned baptism, a practice that remained the focus of debate throughout the medieval period, attracting the attention of Gratian II and Thomas Aquinas, among others. Due to the issues of tactical maneuvering and community integrity raised by the Sowdanesse's plan to feign baptism, this essay argues that she should not primarily be read as either a sympathetic figure or villainess but rather in terms of her function: to illustrate the secular ramifications of religious deception and the importance of those who can uncover deceit. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Fordham University
    • Full Text Word Count:
      9815
    • ISSN:
      0039-3738
    • Accession Number:
      10.1353/sip.2020.0008
    • Accession Number:
      142616031
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      SOTTOSANTI, D. “We shul first feyne us cristendom to take”: Conversion and Deceit in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale. Studies in Philology, [s. l.], v. 117, n. 2, p. 240–260, 2020. DOI 10.1353/sip.2020.0008. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=142616031. Acesso em: 20 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Sottosanti D. “We shul first feyne us cristendom to take”: Conversion and Deceit in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale. Studies in Philology. 2020;117(2):240-260. doi:10.1353/sip.2020.0008
    • APA:
      Sottosanti, D. (2020). “We shul first feyne us cristendom to take”: Conversion and Deceit in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale. Studies in Philology, 117(2), 240–260. https://doi.org/10.1353/sip.2020.0008
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Sottosanti, Danielle. 2020. “‘We Shul First Feyne Us Cristendom to Take’: Conversion and Deceit in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale.” Studies in Philology 117 (2): 240–60. doi:10.1353/sip.2020.0008.
    • Harvard:
      Sottosanti, D. (2020) ‘“We shul first feyne us cristendom to take”: Conversion and Deceit in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale’, Studies in Philology, 117(2), pp. 240–260. doi: 10.1353/sip.2020.0008.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Sottosanti, D 2020, ‘“We shul first feyne us cristendom to take”: Conversion and Deceit in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale’, Studies in Philology, vol. 117, no. 2, pp. 240–260, viewed 20 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Sottosanti, Danielle. “‘We Shul First Feyne Us Cristendom to Take’: Conversion and Deceit in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale.” Studies in Philology, vol. 117, no. 2, Spring 2020, pp. 240–260. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1353/sip.2020.0008.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Sottosanti, Danielle. “‘We Shul First Feyne Us Cristendom to Take’: Conversion and Deceit in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale.” Studies in Philology 117, no. 2 (Spring 2020): 240–60. doi:10.1353/sip.2020.0008.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Sottosanti D. “We shul first feyne us cristendom to take”: Conversion and Deceit in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale. Studies in Philology [Internet]. 2020 Spring [cited 2020 Oct 20];117(2):240–60. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=142616031