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  Geoffrey Chaucer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1324 John Chaucer, Geoffrey's father, was kidnapped by an aunt in the hope of marrying the twelve year-old boy to her daughter in an attempt to keep property in Ipswich.
Chaucer was buried in Westminster Abbey in London as was his right owing to the jobs he had performed and the new house he had leased nearby on 24 December 1399.
Chaucer is known for metrical innovation, inventing the rhyme royal, and he was one of the first English poets to use the five-stress line, the iambic pentameter, in his work, with only a few anonymous short works using it before him.
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 GEOFFREY CHAUCER - LoveToKnow Article on GEOFFREY CHAUCER   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The name Chaucer, a French form of the Latin calcearius, a shoe11-taker, is found in London and the eastern counties as early as the second half of the I3th century.
In 1357 Geoffrey is found, apparently as a lad, in the service of Elizabeth, countess of Ulster, wife of Lionel, duke of Clarence, entries in two leaves of her household accounts, accidentally preserved, showing that she paid in April, May and December various small sums for his clothing and expenses.
Chaucers A.B.C., a poem in honor of the Blessed Virgin, of which the stanzas begin with the successive letters of the alphabet, is another early example of French influence.
90.1911encyclopedia.org /C/CH/CHAUCER_GEOFFREY.htm   (3617 words)

 ArtandCulture Artist: Geoffrey Chaucer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Chaucer had spent much of his writing career currying favor with the aristocracy and ensuring good marriages for his offspring -- some transgression was certainly forgivable, but not too much.
Indeed Chaucer ends "The Tales" with a devout disclaimer of any evil that may lurk in his stories of "worldly vanitees." Since he wrote this retraction in 1400, the very year he died, it might be read as a sincere effort to save his soul after writing so indulgently about lasciviousness.
Chaucer’s mastery of his form sometimes shows itself as a mastery in the making -- he was as an artist playing with a speedily developing technology.
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 Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer is recognized as one of England's greatest poets.
Chaucer wrote for and may have read his works aloud to a select audience of fellow courtiers and officials, which doubtless sometimes included members of the royal family.
Chaucer greatly increased the prestige of English as a literary language and extended the range of its poetic vocabulary and meters.
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 Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Chaucer’s chief works during this time are the Book of the Duchess, an allegorical lament written in 1369 on the death of Blanche, wife of John of Gaunt, and a partial translation of the Roman de la Rose.
Chaucer’s second period (up to c.1387) is called his Italian period because during this time his works were modeled primarily on Dante and Boccaccio.
Chaucer was a master storyteller and craftsman, but because of a change in the language after 1400, his metrical technique was not fully appreciated until the 18th cent.
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 Geoffrey Chaucer - Books and Biography
Geoffrey Chaucer (born 1340/44, died 1400) was born in London.
Chaucer was the son of a prosperous wine merchant and deputy to the kings's butler, and his wife Agnes.
Chaucer was buried in Westminster Abbey, in the part of the church which afterwards came to be called Poet's Corner.
www.readprint.com /author-18/Geoffrey-Chaucer   (847 words)

Chaucer was married before 1374; probably the Philippa Chaucer named in the queen's grant of 1366 was then Geoffrey Chaucer's wife (Lounsbury, Studies in Chaucer, I, 95-7).
Lewis Chaucer, the "litel sonne Lowys", for whom the "Astrolale" was written, is supposed to have died in childhood.
From about his twenty-sixth year Chaucer was frequently employed on important diplomatic missions; the year 1372-3 marks the turning point of his literary life, for then he was sent to Italy; circumstances make it extremely probable that either in Florence or at Padua he made Petrarch's acquaintance (Lounsbury, Studies, I, 67-68).
www.newadvent.org /cathen/03642b.htm   (1970 words)

 Geoffrey Chaucer
Chaucer¹s travels through it, mostly on ³the King¹s business,² or civil service, shaped his writing, offering the readers of today a brief glimpse into the world in which he lived.
In 1381, Chaucer was sent to deal with marriage negotiations between Richard II and the daughter of the French King.
Chaucer¹s growth out of the mold imposed by tradition is illustrated by the steady departure of it in his writings.
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 Geoffrey Chaucer at LiteratureClassics.com -- essays, resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Chaucer was the first in a tradition of English poets who would play a significant role in the development of literature.
The name Chaucer, a French form of the Latin calcearius, a shoe11-taker, is found in London and the eastern counties as early as the second half of the 13th century.
Chaucer's Shipman -- A brief analysis of the shipman in Geoffrey Chaucer's prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
www.literatureclassics.com /authors/Chaucer   (747 words)

 GradeSaver: ClassicNote: Biography of Geoffrey Chaucer
Chaucer was born in the early 1340s to a middle-class family.
Chaucer's next work was Troilus and Criseyde, which was influenced by The Consolation of Philosophy, written by the Roman philosopher Boethius in the early sixth century and translated into English by Chaucer.
Of Chaucer's two daughters, Elizabeth became a nun, while Agnes was a lady-in-waiting for the coronation of Henry IV in 1399.
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 Geoffrey Chaucer (1342-1400) - "The Canterbury Tales" (in middle english and modern english)
Geoffrey Chaucer, an English poet, was born in 1342.
Chaucer rose in royal employment and became a knight of the shire for Kent.
Chaucer died in October 1400 and was buried in Westminster Abbey in London.
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 Westminster Abbey - The Library and Archives - People Buried or Commemorated - Geoffrey Chaucer
Chaucer began his career in the service of Lionel, third son of King Edward III, and held various offices in the king’s household, travelling abroad on several occasions.
In December 1399 Chaucer was granted the lease of a tenement in the garden of the Lady Chapel of Westminster Abbey, for a term of 53 years at a yearly rent of fifty three shillings and four pence.
Chaucer’s coat of arms is painted twice on the monument (“party per pale argent and gules, a bend counterchanged”, ie.
www.westminster-abbey.org /library/burial/chaucer.htm   (692 words)

 Chaucer Biography and Timeline
Chaucer stripped of his position by King Richard II while John of Gaunt was on a military foray in Spain.
Chaucer appointed deputy forester of the Royal Forest of North Petherton, Somerset (possibly does not begin his forestry duties until retiring from his position of Clerk of the Works.
Chaucer's tomb erected in Westminster Abbey, the first poet of "the Poets' Corner," where other famous British poets will continue to be buried through the 1830s.
web.cn.edu /kwheeler/chaucerbio.html   (1901 words)

 Geoffrey Chaucer - Biography and Works
Geoffrey Chaucer (born 1340/44, died 1400) is remembered as the author of The Canterbury Tales, which ranks as one of the greatest epic works of world literature.
Chaucer made a crucial contribution to English literature in using English at a time when much court poetry was still written in Anglo-Norman or Latin.
Chaucer took his narrative inspiration for his works from several sources but still remained an entirely individual poet, gradually developing his personal style and techniques.
www.online-literature.com /chaucer   (588 words)

 §1. Chaucer’s Life. VII. Chaucer. Vol. 2. The End of the Middle Ages. The Cambridge History of English and ...
But indirect evidence of various kinds fixes it between 1328, when his father, John Chaucer, was still unmarried, and 1346, before which date his own statement, at the Scroope-Grosvenor suit in 1386, of his age as “forty years or more” would place it.
We first hear of Chaucer himself (or, at least, of a Geoffrey Chaucer who is not likely to be anyone else) in 1357, when he received a suit of livery as member of the household of Edward III’s son Lionel (afterwards duke of Clarence), or of his wife Elizabeth de Burgh.
Of Chaucer himself—or, at least, of a Geoffrey Chaucer who, as it is very important to remember, and as has not always been remembered, may not be the same in all cases—a good many facts are preserved, though these facts are in very few cases, if any, directly connected with his literary position.
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 Geoffrey Chaucer Main Page
Geoffrey Chaucer was a busy man (see biography) and he wrote The Canterbury Tales over an extended period of time.
Chaucer's pilgrims assemble at the Tabard Inn where the host of the inn, Harry Bailly suggests that each pilgrim tell 2 tales each way on the pilgrimage.
The three class stations in Chaucer's time were the clergy, the nobility and everybody else not in the first 2 groups.
www.geocities.com /CollegePark/Hall/1170/chaucerhtml/chaucer.html   (505 words)

 Geoffrey Chaucer: General Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Chaucer is traditionally said to have died on 25 October 1400 and was buried in the south transept of Westminster Abbey.
Chaucer's earliest works may be termed "occasional poetry", if we accept that the Book of the Duchess was written to console John of Gaunt on the death of his wife Blanche in 1369, and if the Parliament of Fowls was written to mark the marriage of Richard II in 1382.
Chaucer leads the reader to the point where the ability of any fictional tale to tell the truth is challenged, though not necessarily as radically denied as the Parson would wish.
www.sogang.ac.kr /~anthony/Chaucer   (8280 words)

 Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer: Bibliography - Bibliography The best editions of Chaucer's works are those of F. Robinson (1933) and W. Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales - The Canterbury Tales To Chaucer's final period, in which he achieved his fullest artistic power,...
Geoffrey Chaucer: Italian Period - Italian Period Chaucer's second period (up to c.1387) is called his Italian period because during...
Geoffrey Chaucer: Life and Career - Life and Career The known facts of Chaucer's life are fragmentary and are based almost entirely on...
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 Fiction: Geoffrey Chaucer
At around age twenty-five, Chaucer became a squire in the king's court, when it is thought that he became acquainted with John of Gaunt, King Edward III's son, who became Chaucer's patron.
Chaucer's most famous work, The Canterbury Tales (1387-1400), a collection of tales told by a group of fictional pilgrims to the tomb of Thomas Becket, remained unfinished at his death in 1400.
Chaucer lived to be about sixty years old, a very old age in medieval times.
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 A Chaucerian Cookery Part 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Geoffrey's mother is believed to have been Agnes de Copton, and his father was John, a vintner.
Chaucer once again treats food only as a literary prop, but the types of dishes and foods that his characters consume are very effective clues to their personalities, habits, and traits, and help bring The Canterbury Tales to life.
Chaucer's monk was also a lover of the good life, and enjoyed hunting so much he usually preferred catching a rabbit for his dinner over ecclesiastical fare.
www.godecookery.com /chaucer/chaucer.htm   (1506 words)

 Biography: Geoffrey Chaucer, poet, spiritual writer (25 Oct 1400)
Geoffrey Chaucer, born around 1340, spent most of his life in what we would now call the Civil Service.
In Chaucer's day, the upper classes, at least, held that it was a man's highest privilege to select a lady and lay his heart at her feet, counting her smile an ample reward for years of faithful service.
It is followed immediately by Chaucer's farewell remarks, in which he asks pardon for anything in his work that may have encouraged his readers to sin, but asks to be remembered for anything that has pointed them toward virtue, holiness, and the love of God.
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 Geoffrey Chaucer - The Washington Times: Books - January 09, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The pilgrims in Geoffrey Chaucer's great work, "The Canterbury Tales," set forth on their journey in April, that time of year when nature stirs into life.
We hear that in his teens, Chaucer was part of a group captured by the French and held for ransom, and that later, in his 30s, he was charged with rape.
Chaucer's maternal grandfather was murdered close to his home in Aldgate; Chaucer's father, a successful wine merchant, had been kidnapped in his youth.
www.washtimes.com /books/20050108-105435-2443r.htm   (1172 words)

 Amazon.com: The Canterbury Tales (Bantam Classics): Books: Geoffrey Chaucer,A. Kent Hieatt,Constance Hieatt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Chaucer writes about everyman and his stories represent one of the motliest crews in English literature: the Wife of Bath who has put away five husbands and is looking for a sixth; the pardoner, the reeve, the clerk, the knight, and a host of others from all walks of life.
One must accept that Chaucer was as human and imperfect as most of his peers; without compromising the fact that Chaucer was a literary genius who had a profound effect on English language and English literature.
Chaucer is one of the first great English authors of name; most (but not all) literary output in English prior to this time was anonymous.
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 GEOFFREY CHAUCER   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
GEOFFREY CHAUCER (1340~-1400) was a Medieval English writer whose poetry ranks with Shakespeare's, and Whitman's, as the finest ever written in our language.
Chaucer knew the work of French and Italian writers as well as that of English ones.
Chaucer wrote in Middle English, a language used from the 1100s to the end of the 1400s.
www.byu.edu /ipt/projects/middleages/People/Chaucer.html   (173 words)

 BBC NEWS | Education | Chaucer's tales become rap songs
Some of Chaucer's original bawdier language had to be "toned down" for his young audience.
Baba had the idea of converting Chaucer into rap when he was doing a masters' degree on the poet in the late 1990s.
Chaucer, who lived from around 1340 to 1400, was also a courtier and diplomat.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/education/4721073.stm   (493 words)

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