Geoffrey Chaucer

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Interesting Facts and information about the Medieval poet Geoffrey Chaucer. This article provides a Short Biography, Facts and History about the life of Geoffrey Chaucer who is famous as the author of the Canterbury Tales. He was the first great poet  to write his works in English. He served the Plantagenet rulers in the English court and was the brother-in-law of the beautiful Katherine Swynford who became the mistress of John of Gaunt.

Geoffrey Chaucer

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The following biography information provides basic facts and information about the life and history of Geoffrey Chaucer a famous Medieval character of the Middle Ages who wrote the Canterbury Tales:

  • Nationality: English
  • Also Known by the Nickname: Father of English Literature
  • Lifespan: 1343-1400
  • Date of Birth: He was born in London in 1343 ( his exact date of birth is unknown)
  • Family connections : He was the son of a vintner
  • Married: Geoffrey Chaucer married Philippa de Roet at St Mary de Castro in Leicester. She was a lady-in-waiting to Edward III's queen, Philippa of Hainault
    • The sister of Geoffrey's wife was Katherine de Roet who became Katherine Swynford
    • Katherine Swynford was the mistress of John of Gaunt the powerful brother of King Edward III
    • John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford eventually married and were the descendents of the Tudor dynasty
  • Education: Geoffrey Chaucer was well educated and studied law at the Inner Temple in London
  • Career: Geoffrey Chaucer was an author, poet, philosopher, courtier, and diplomat
  • He also served as a soldier and travelled widely in France and on diplomatic missions in Italy
  • He lived during a turbulent time that saw the Peasant' Revolt and the burning of John of Gaunt's Savoy palace in London
  • In 1386 he became a Member of Parliament for Kent
  • Date of Death: Geoffrey Chaucer died in 1400 ( his exact date of death is unknown). He was the first who was buried in what we now know as the 'Poets Corner' in Westminster Abbey
  • Character of Geoffrey Chaucer: Intelligent, loyal, good natured and hard working
  • Accomplishments or why Geoffrey Chaucer was famous: as the author of Canterbury Tales. Geoffrey Chaucer also wrote 'The Book of the Duchess' which was an elegy for Blanche of Lancaster who was the first wife of John of Gaunt.
  • His most famous work, the Canterbury Tales, is a collection of stories about a group of thirty pilgrims who travel travel together on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral (England). 

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