Canterbury Tales: The Monk’s Tale

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer  | Date: 1380


O noble Pedro, glory once of Spain,

Whom Fortune held so high in majesty,

Well ought men read thy piteous death with pain!

Out of thy land thy brother made thee flee;

And later, at a siege, by scheme crafty,

Thou wert betrayed, and led into his tent,

Where he then, and with his own hand, slew thee,

Succeeding to thy realm and government.

The field of snow, with eagle black therein,

Caught by the lime-rod, coloured as the gleed,

He brewed this wickedness and all this sin.

The "Wicked Nest" was worker of this deed;

Not that Charles Oliver who aye took heed

Of truth and honour, but the Armorican

Ganelon Oliver, corrupt for mead,

Brought low this worthy king by such a plan.


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Chicago: Geoffrey Chaucer, "Pedro, King of Spain," Canterbury Tales: The Monk’s Tale Original Sources, accessed August 17, 2022,

MLA: Chaucer, Geoffrey. "Pedro, King of Spain." Canterbury Tales: The Monk’s Tale, Original Sources. 17 Aug. 2022.

Harvard: Chaucer, G, 'Pedro, King of Spain' in Canterbury Tales: The Monk’s Tale. Original Sources, retrieved 17 August 2022, from