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A steward or purchaser of provisions, as for a monastery or college.

[Middle English maunciple, from Old French manciple, bondsman, variant of mancipe, from Latin mancipium, servant, ownership by acquisition, from manceps, mancip-, contractor, dealer : manus, hand; see man- in Indo-European roots + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Professions) a steward who buys provisions, esp in a college, Inn of Court, or monastery
[C13: via Old French from Latin mancipium purchase, from manceps purchaser, from manus hand + capere to take]
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(ˈmæn sə pəl)

a purveyor or steward, esp. of a monastery or college.
[1350–1400; < Middle French manciple « Medieval Latin mancipium, orig. ownership, derivative of manceps contractor, agent]
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Wordsworth's versions of The Prioress's Tale, The Manciple's Tale, Troilus and Criseyde, and The Cuckoo and the Nightingale address the exceptions to what is, with Chaucerian intelligibility, "almost always" the case.
This daytime sleep parallels that of Chaucers Cook, who drowses on his horse in the Manciple's Prologue and is criticised by the Host for his untimely 'slepe by the morwe'.
The Ellesmere miniatures, however, show girdles on the Parson and Chaucer, as well as on the Reeve, Manciple, Wife of Bath, Merchant, Squire, Canon's Yeoman, Second Nun, and Nun's Priest; on the other hand, the Man of Law's "ceint of silk" is omitted (see Edwin Piper, "The Miniatures of the Ellesmere Chaucer," Philological Quarterly 3 [1924]: 241-56).
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Here the false tercel's love of "novelries" has led him to desire a baser species, a kite; in the revision of this exemplum in Manciple's Tale, the caged bird's "kynde" misleads it into desiring "wormes and swich wrecchednesse" [Manciple's Tale, CT IX 171).
Coley (English, Simon Fraser U., British Columbia) offers analysis of works by Chaucer (Saint Erkenwald and "The Manciple's Tale"), Marian lyrics by Thomas Hoccleve, and John Gower's Confessio Amantis, as well as the Wars of Alexander, utilizing methodology drawn from speech-act theory, especially that which concerns performative utterances (as propounded by J.L.
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Manciple in openly reproving the drunken Cook (MancT H 69-70).
Phillips begins her introductory chapter to the book with a brief analysis of the Manciple's Tale, the exemplum against tale telling, which we may take as an indication of Chaucer's importance to Phillips's overall conception.
The Clerk, the Cook, the Parson and the Manciple are all part of which literary work?
Before beginning our field visits, which would keep us out of the classroom for three weeks, we previewed the first two major assignments for the seminar (described below) and, to give the course a sense of literary depth, discussed three works: Ovid's "Story of Phoebus and Coronis," Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Manciple's Tale," and Robert Olen Butler's "Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot." The first two works are clearly related: Chaucer retells Ovid's cautionary tale of a talking crow that reveals a woman's infidelity to her husband who, in a fit of jealousy, kills her.