“The Wife of Bath’s Tale” starts with the statement that in the days of King Arthur the isle of Britain was full of fairies and elves, but now they are gone because their spots have been occupied by corrupt friars. One day a lusty knight happens to see a maid and rapes her. It scandalizes the court and he may face the death penalty under existing law. Fortunately, he keeps his life by the petition of Arthur’s queen and other ladies. Arthur delegates the judicial sentencing decision to the queen.