Three Bits in the Canterbury Tales that Will Always Make Me Laugh

London, 1375-1424

Phallus in Purse: London, 1375-1424

  1. “and forth he gooth — no lenger wolde he lette — / unto the west gate of the toun, and fond / a dong carte, as it were to donge lond” (VII.3034-36, Nun’s Priest’s Tale)
  2. “and whan he hadde pouped in this horn” (IX.90, Manciple’s Prologue)
  3. “whereas the Poo out of a welle smal” (IV.48, Clerk’s Prologue)

(object 14902 from the Kunera Database of Medieval Badges)

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