The unnamed queen, who is probably Guinevere out of Arthurian legend, wields most of the power in the kingdom: she orders the king to have mercy on the knight, and she dictates the terms of the punishment. The assembly of women gathered to hear the knight’s answer is reminiscent of the major arena that Theseus builds in “The Knight’s Tale”.
The queen Character Timeline in The Canterbury Tales
The timeline below shows where the character The queen appears in The Canterbury Tales. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Wife of Bath’s Tale