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Geoffrey Chaucer. Childhood. Born: between 1340 and 1345 in London Parents: John and Agnes Chaucer (shoemaker) Wealthy and distant relatives of the royal family Was very educated Was appointed to the household of Elizabeth, Countess of Ulster and her husband the Prince. 100 Years War.

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childhood
Childhood
  • Born: between 1340 and 1345 in London
  • Parents: John and Agnes Chaucer (shoemaker)
    • Wealthy and distant relatives of the royal family
  • Was very educated
  • Was appointed to the household of Elizabeth, Countess of Ulster and her husband the Prince
100 years war
100 Years War
  • Went to France with Edward III army
  • Skillful soldier
  • Taken prisoner at Retters
    • Ransomed by the king and his friend
      • Latter became the kings page and was pensioned for life
family
Family
  • Married Philippa Roet
  • 3 children (for sure)
    • Thomas, Elizabeth, Lewis (A Treatise on the Astrolabe)
midlife
Midlife
  • Pursued many occupations: soldier, diplomat, intelligence officer, construction supervisor, controller of customs, and member of parliament
  • Became bankrupt, sued for debt, friends were executed, charged with rape, ect.
  • Appointed justice of the peace and pensioned by the king
  • Produced most of best poetry
later life
Later Life
  • Wrote Canterbury Tales
    • Never finished
    • Where he was mugged twice in the same day by the same people
    • Was published later by limited edition club
  • Died on October 25, 1400 in London (murdered?)
  • Buried in Westminster Abbey (Poets Corner)
poetry
Poetry
  • The Book of the Dutchess
    • Written shortly after the death of the Dutchess of Lancaster
  • A Treatise on the Astrolabe(“little Lewis”at 10)
  • The House of Fame (1374-1385)
  • Translated Consolation of Philosophy (by Boethius) then wrote Parliament of Birds
  • Canterbury tales (started in 1387, early 40’s)
sources
Sources
  • http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03642b.htm
  • http://www.luminarium.org/lumina.htm
  • http://ww.towson.edu/~duncan/chauhom3.html
  • http://www.uwm.edu/Library/special/exhibits/clastext/clspg073.htm