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 The Canterbury Tales quotes below are all either spoken by The queen or refer to The queen. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:).
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