The Canterbury Tales .
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When Geoffrey Chaucer penned his Canterbury Tales in the 1300s, it was dangerous to denigrate religion.England was a Catholic country with powerful clerics. Shaky statistics place one in 20 British males in the pay of the Church. That figure is probably faulty, but there were certainly a great many celibate priests trawling their parishes, looking for a living.
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