The highest social class in the Canterbury Tales is the Church or Clergy
The highest social class in the Canterbury Tales is the Church or Clergy, those who pray. Its members include the Prioress, Monk, Friar, Parson, and Pardoner. These members haven’t always been in this hierarchy, they were born into one of the other classes and chose to commit their lives to the church. The prioress tries to seem “dainty” or sweet, but she, in fact, is not. She is a very large woman, with a big forehead. She is very well dressed, with a string of coral beads, that say “Amor Vincit Omnia” translating to: “Love Conquers All”. Which is quite odd because she is a nun and she isn’t carrying rosary beads but, vanity beads. The prioress is the fourth pilgrim Chaucer introduces and is the 16th tale, in the Canterbury Tales.
The lowest social class contains the peasants, the one who grow food and make clothing for the higher estates.