Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales. Period 1. Chaucer Bio. Nickname-”The Father of English Poetry” Father- Prosperous middle class wine merchant. Chaucer became a page in a Royal House when he was a teen. Work as a page expose him to a world of high/born people.
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*596 Pope Gregory I sent missionaries to convert Anglo-Saxon to Christianity
*By 650 most of England was Christian
* Celtic monks brought Christianity to other parts of England
*Religion came with education and culture
*Women and men dedicated their lives to work and prayer
*English monks established libraries and schools
*Alfred’s greatest achievement in this regard was the Anglo-Saxon chornicle
*An important shrine in Spain was Santiago de Compostela
*Thomas a Becket was slain in 1170
One way to express religions devotion was to undertake a pilgrimage.