* In this poem, Chaucer says that Troilus will fall in love and then feel deep sorrow as he is betrayed by Criseyde.
* He is writing this to give hope to those who have love and lost.
* Calkas is a priest who learns through a vision that Troy will lose the War. He switches sides.
* Criseyde, his widowed daughter, is called a traitor and is almost killed as such when Hector, a Prince, protects her.
* In the spring, the citizens of Troy hold a festival for Athena, their patron goddess. Although dressed in black, Criseyde is the most beautiful woman there.
* Troilus is a noble knight who tries to be a role model for younger knights. He often mocks those who are love struck.
* Cupid gets mad when Troilus mocks love; so he hits Troilus with an arrow that causes him to fall in love at first...
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