The Wife of Beith: With a Description of Her Journey to Heaven

Files

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Illustration on title-page of the Resurrection showing Jesus Christ rising from the tomb in a burst of light with 4 soldiers displayed in pairs of two on the ground.

Title

The Wife of Beith: With a Description of Her Journey to Heaven

Creator

Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400

Publisher

Falkirk: Printed for the Booksellers

Date

ca.1840-1850

Extent

24 pages
15 cm

Identifier

Description

Woodcut #75: Illustration on title-page of the Resurrection showing Jesus Christ rising from the tomb in a burst of light with 4 soldiers displayed in pairs of two on the ground.

Type

poetry

Abstract

Inspired by Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, this tale describes the Wife’s journey after death. As the Wife travels first to hell and then to heaven, she is rejected by the Devil – who does not wish to be harried by her scornful tongue – and then a long number of biblical characters in heaven due to her many earthly transgressions. The Wife’s flyting appalls and shames all of these characters until she ultimately comes before Christ who at first rejects her as well, but then ultimately accepts her when she submits faithfully to him.

Subject

Religion and Morals
Chapbooks - Scotland - Falkirk

Source

Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph Library, Guelph, Ontario

Format

JPEGs and PDF derived from master file, which was scanned from the original book in 24-bit color at 600 dpi in TIFF format using an Epson Expression 10000XL scanner.

Rights

In the public domain; For higher quality reproductions, contact Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph. libaspc@uoguelph.ca 519-824-4120, Ext. 53413

Language

English

Contributor

Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph Library, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Citation

Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400, “The Wife of Beith: With a Description of Her Journey to Heaven,” Scottish Chapbooks, accessed November 29, 2022, https://scottishchapbooks.lib.uoguelph.ca/items/show/647.
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