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Who was the Sergeant at Law in "The Canterbury Tales"?

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The Sergeant at Law, also known as the Man of Law, is the narrator of the fifth tale of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales." The Sergeant at Law is a medieval lawyer and judge described as being thorough in that no errors can be found in his legal writings.

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He tells the story of the daughter of the emperor of Rome, a young Christian woman named Constance. She undergoes many tests of her faith during her journeys to Syria and subsequent banishment. She is shipwrecked and lives as a servant among pagans, and she must keep her faith secret at first. She eventually weds King Aella, giving birth to a son who succeeds to the thrones of Northumberland and then Rome.

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