What is a reeve?

  • - A reeve was kinda like a mayor.
  • - Generally ranking lower than the ealdorman or earl.
  • - Different types of reeves include town-reeve, port-reeve, shire-reeve, reeve of the hundred and the reeve in charge of an estate.

According to, the reeve was responsible for the overall general management of the village. A reeve was under the control of the steward. It was a reeve's responsibility to make sure that serfs in a village completed their labor service on the lord's land.

What he is like?

  • - He hangs around the common folk most of the time and only sees lower ranked nobility.
  • - Talks just like common people.
  • - Kinda mean and snotty. ex- line 623 Feared like the plague he was, by the people beneath him.

What did he look like?

  • - Old and thin.
  • - Beard was shaved.
  • - Wore better clothing then peasants but not as good as nobility.

To our group we agreed that the reeve was the equivalent of a mayor in his job and the things that he did.

  • Those who work.


  • choleric- Extremely irritable or easily angered; irascible: a choleric disposition.
  • shorn- Shaven.
  • garners- To gather or deposit in or as if in a granary or other storage place.
  • dairies- An establishment, as a room, building, or buildings, where milk and cream are kept and butter and cheese are made.
  • arrears- Usually, arrears. the state of being behind or late, esp. in the fulfillment of a duty, promise, obligation, or the like.
  • hindmost- Furtherest behind or nearest the rear; last.
  • bailiff- An officer, similar to a sheriff or a sheriff's deputy, employed to execute writs and processes, make arrests, keep order in the court, etc.

  • - When Chaucer refers to the reeve having yellow bile it is a symbolism of how easy it is to irritate him.

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