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Geoffrey Chaucer. Biographical info. Dates: c.1343-1400 Thames St., London, England First to be buried in Westminster Abbey’s Poet’s Corner. Biographical Info. Chaucer’s father was a wine merchant Family belonged to the upper middle class Married Philippa Roet

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biographical info
Biographical info
  • Dates: c.1343-1400
  • Thames St., London, England
  • First to be buried in Westminster Abbey’s Poet’s Corner
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Biographical Info
  • Chaucer’s father was a wine merchant
  • Family belonged to the upper middle class
  • Married Philippa Roet
  • Well respected among peers and held favor with the king
  • Little is known apart from accomplishments
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Biographical Info
  • Chaucer held several positions, including:
    • Esquire of the royal court
    • Comptroller of Customs, port of London
    • Soldier
    • Diplomat
    • Poet
    • Justice of peace
    • Member of parliament
consider
Consider...
  • You’re going on a 55 mile journey ...
    • by horse
    • with strangers
    • with people from different classes and professions
  • What would you do to pass the time?
the canterbury tales
The Canterbury Tales
  • Frame narrative: a main story with one or more secondary stories within it
    • Example: The Notebook
  • Follows a group of people on a pilgrimage to Canterbury
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The Canterbury Tales
  • 29 pilgrims traveling from Southwark (2 miles outside London) to Canterbury (55 miles away)
  • Storytelling contest
  • Best story wins a meal at the Tabard Inn (paid by the others)
what is a pilgrimage
What is a Pilgrimage?
  • A pilgrimage is a journey to a shrine that is important to a person’s beliefs or faith
  • In the Canterbury Tales, the pilgrims are traveling to St. Thomas Becket’s Shrine
who are the pilgrims
Who are the Pilgrims?
  • The Knight
  • The Miller
  • The Reeve
  • The Cook
  • The Man of the Law
  • The Wife of Bath
  • The Friar
  • The Summoner
  • The Clerk
  • The Merchant
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Who are the Pilgrims?
  • The Squire
  • The Franklin
  • The Physician
  • The Pardoner
  • The Shipman
  • The Prioress
  • The Monk
  • The Nun’s Priest
  • The Yeoman
focus question

Focus Question:

List 3 things you learned today about Chaucer and/or the Canterbury Tales.