THE CANON’S YEOMAN’S TALE
This tale is basically a confidence trick involving a Canon and a Priest.
The Canon practices alchemy, but was short of money and borrowed 1 mark from
a wealthy Priest. The Priest did not expect to see his money again, but was pleased to see its return three days later.
The Canon was very grateful to the Priest and offered to reveal some of his
He showed the Priest several tricks such as throwing a hollow branch filled
with silver, but sealed at both ends, onto a fire so that it appeared that when the branch burnt, it actually turned into silver, which so impressed the Priest that he offered to pay the Canon '40 for the
The Canon disappeared soon after with the money.
There were many alchemists working in Medieval times, and their man task was
trying to convert base metals into precious materials such as gold and silver.
The party are now approaching Canterbury and some of the Pilgrims are
showing signs of fatigue. The Cook can hardly stay on his horse due to his drunkenness, but the Host thinks there is still time for a few more stories and turns to the Manciple.