Geoffrey Chaucer (2096 words)

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Geoffrey Chaucer was born in the early 1340s, probably the only son of John and Agnes Chaucer, who were wine merchants in London. This made Chaucer a member of the relatively well-off merchant class which paved the way for him to mix with members of court, the landed gentry and nobles, as well as merchants and wealthy traders throughout his life. At the age of about 14 Chaucer became a page in the household of the Countess of Ulster, who was the wife of Lionel, one of the sons of the then monarch, Edward III. A few years later Chaucer was a member of Lionel's retinue in France, where he was captured (in Reims) and then ransomed in 1360. It is likely that Chaucer returned to France in the same year, but by 1362 he was probably back in …

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Rudd, Gillian. "Geoffrey Chaucer". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002
[, accessed 17 January 2018.]

Articles on Chaucer's works

  1. General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales
  2. Manciple's Tale
  3. Retraction
  4. The Book of the Duchess
  5. The Canterbury Tales
  6. The Cook's Tale
  7. The Franklin's Tale
  8. The Friar's Tale
  9. The Legend of Good Women
  10. The Merchant's Tale
  11. The Nun's Priest's Tale
  12. The Pardoner's Tale
  13. The Parliament of Fowls
  14. The Physician's Tale
  15. The Second Nun's Tale
  16. The Squire's Tale [The Squire's Tale]
  17. The Wife of Bath's Tale
  18. Troilus and Criseyde

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