Some more recent studies have tried to locate the Monk's tale, with its emphasis on the stories told about the history, and its focus on the writers from whom the Monk has drawn the stories, as a response to Boccaccio's De casibus tragedies and a comment on the involvement of writing, poets and poetry in the support of tyrants and despots.
When attempting to regain his throne, Pedro was murdered by this brother.
So, out with the old fuddy-duddies like Augustine, who would have the monk slaving away over his books in a cloister, and in with the new — the new, in this case, being a comfortable life of sport, fine food and clothing, and amusements outside the monastery's walls.
Cenobia or Zenobiawho was beautiful and victorious in war, is the next tragic hero of the tale. Yet neither of these readings of the Tale really explains what it is doing within its context.
He had Seneca murdered for stating that an emperor should be virtuous. Louise Fradenburg argues very persuasively in her book that the Monk is a death's head at the feast - a sudden explosion of misery and death into the festive fun of the Canterbury project.
The order of the stories within the tale is different in several early manuscripts, and if the more contemporary stories were at the end of his tale, Chaucer may wish to suggest that the Knight has another motivation for interrupting than sheer boredom.
Nabugodonosor also spelled Nebuchadnezzarwas the king of Babylon who had twice defeated Israel.
He would have conquered the world if he had not told Delilah that his strength came from his refusal to cut his hair. He is rebellious, ignores rules, and lives and controls his own life.