Who is Geoffrey Chaucer?

  • (noun): English poet remembered as author of the Canterbury Tales (1340-1400).
    Synonyms: Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer ( /ˈtʃɔːsər/; c. 1343 – 25 October 1400), known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to have been buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey. While he achieved fame during his lifetime as an author, philosopher, alchemist and astronomer, composing a scientific treatise on the astrolabe for his ten year-old son Lewis, Chaucer also maintained an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Among his many works, which include The Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Legend of Good Women and Troilus and Criseyde, he is best known today for The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer is a crucial figure in developing the legitimacy of the vernacular, Middle English, at a time when the dominant literary languages in England were French and Latin.

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Chaucer's Tale Of Sir Topas
... Sir Thopas is a story in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales published in 1387 ... In Canterbury Tales, there is a character named Geoffrey Chaucer ... Chaucer's portrait of himself is unflattering and humble ...
Geoffrey Chaucer - Works - Derived Works
... God Spede the Plough – Borrows twelve stanzas of Chaucer's Monk's Tale. ...

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