• This essay is part of a collection of open access articles on Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The articles are written for first-time readers of Chaucer and are designed to supplement the teaching of the Canterbury Tales, particularly in university classrooms.

    My contribution is focused on the Nun’s Priest’s Tale, providing an introduction to the tale, a brief critical history, three tools for analysis (“Thinking with Animals,” “Farmyard Violence,” and “Disputing Women”), an example reading of the text (focusing on medieval rhetoric), questions for discussion, and possible pedagogical projects.