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Geoffrey Chaucer. By Jared DiPrima. Period 3. January 29, 2013. Early Life. Chaucer was born to a prosperous French-Norman family in London, 1340. He became a court page at age 17, and fought in the Hundred Years war. He was taken prisoner and later ransomed.

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geoffrey chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer

By Jared DiPrima

Period 3

January 29, 2013

early life
Early Life
  • Chaucer was born to a prosperous French-Norman family in London, 1340.
  • He became a court page at age 17, and fought in the Hundred Years war.
  • He was taken prisoner and later ransomed.
  • Afterwards he was at the king’s service, and obtained the patronage of John of Gaunt
early life1
Early Life

Depiction of the Hundred

Years War

John of Gaunt

later life
Later Life
  • Chaucer went on to become a respected messenger to the king, and embarked on several diplomatic voyages through various European countries.
  • He married the royal Philippa Roet in 1336.
  • He was able to gain first-hand experience on cultures, like Italy, during diplomatic endeavors.
chaucer and the canterbury tales
Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales
  • Seeing that Chaucer was a traveler, he probably characterized the figures in his Canterbury Tales, based some of his experiences, or on actual people he had met.
  • He originally wanted to write a total of 4 stories for each character; 2 to be told on the way there, and 2 on the way back.
  • However, The work was not completed, and he was unable to do a final revision.
  • Despite this, it remains a very highly acclaimed early work written is middle English.
canterbury tales
Canterbury tales
  • The Canterbury tales was written in an omniscient perspective, which many see as Chaucer himself.
  • The narrator tells of different tales, describing many characters met along a journey.
fun facts
Fun Facts!
  • Geoffrey Chaucer worked for the government, part-time, as a scrap metal collector.
  • He wrote many other commended works, including 9 notable poems.
  • There is a crater on the moon named after Chaucer.
  • His Facebook page has 11,570 likes.
sources
Sources
  • http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/c#a144
  • http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~chaucer/index.html
  • http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/exhibns/chaucer/works.html
  • http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/blog/2010/09/13/geoffrey-chaucer/
  • http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/canterbury/context.html