See Article History Geoffrey Chaucer, born c. He also contributed importantly in the second half of the 14th century to the management of public affairs as courtier, diplomat, and civil servant. But it is his avocation—the writing of poetry—for which he is remembered. Yet his writings also consistently reflect an all-pervasive humour combined with serious and tolerant consideration of important philosophical questions.
Geoffrey Chaucer received an ample education and studied law at the Inner Temple in London. In Chaucer appears as a page to the Lady Elizabeth, wife of Lionel Duke of Clarence, and in he first saw military service in France, when he was made a prisoner. He was, however, ransomed in Katharine Swynford was her sister who became the widow of Sir Hugh Swynford and became the mistress and eventually the third wife of John of Gaunt.
Previous to his marriage he had apparently been deeply in love with another lady, whose rank probably placed her beyond his reach. There is speculation that this could have been Blanche of Lancaster.
His disappointment in love found expression in his Compleynt to Pite. Geoffrey Chaucer Biography - The Poet, Diplomat and Soldier In he was one of the valets of the King's Chamber, a post always held by gentlemen, and received a pension of 20 marks, and he was soon afterwards one of the King's esquires.
In Blanche, the wife of John of Gaunt, died, which gave occasion for a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer in honour of her memory entitled "The Dethe of Blaunche the Duchesse".
In the same year he again bore arms in France, and during the next ten years he was frequently employed on diplomatic missions. Geoffrey Chaucer Biography - Life Abroad and at Home In he was sent to Genoa to arrange a commercial treaty, on which occasion he may have met Petrarchand was rewarded by a grant in of a pitcher of wine daily.
In he obtained the guardianship of a rich ward, which he held for three years, and the next year he was employed on a secret service. In he was sent on a mission to Flanders to treat of peace with the French King.
After the accession of Richard II.
Geoffrey Chaucer Biography - The Canterbury Tales Begin In he became Comptroller of the Petty Customs of the port of London, and in was allowed to appoint a deputy, which, enabled him to devote more time to writing. He had in begun his Canterbury Tales, on which he was occupied at intervals for the rest of his life.
Geoffrey Chaucer Biography - The Fall and Rise In Geoffrey Chaucer was elected Knight of the Shire for Kent, a county with which he appears to have had some connection, and where he may have had property.
His fortunes now suffered some eclipse. His patron, John of Gaunt, was abroad, and the government was presided over by his brother Gloucester, who was at feud with him.
Owing probably to this cause Geoffrey Chaucer was in December,dismissed from his employments, leaving him with no income beyond his pensions, on which he was obliged to raise money.
His wife also died at the same time. Geoffrey Chaucer Biography - The Pensioner In Richard II took the government into his own hands, and prosperity returned to Geoffrey Chaucer whose friends were now in power, and he was appointed Clerk of the King's works.
In the same year he took a lease of a house at Westminster, where he probably died on October 25, He is buried in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey.
According to some historians he left two sons, Thomas, who became a man of wealth and importance, and Lewis, who died young, the little ten-year-old boy to whom he addressed the treatise on the Astrolabe.Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - The Nun’s Priest’s Tale - The Nun’s Priest’s Tale The tale told by the Nun’s Priest is a fable or story with animals as the main characters and usually ends with a moral of some sort.
There are approximately (repeating) facts that mainstream media types know about Geoffrey of Chaucer, and one of them is that he is somehow responsible for Valentines Day. Exactly how he’s responsible for it, well that’s not one of the other 1 and 1/3 facts.
So every year, the association between Chaucer and Februa. Complete summary of Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Troilus and Criseyde. A Glossary for the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (in the Riverside Edition).
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