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Transcript of Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer:The Early Years
Born in circa 1340.
In 1357, Chaucer became a servant in the fine house of the Countess of Ulster.
In 1359, he went off to serve in the Hundred Years War, where he was captured and held prisoner until royal connections lead King Edward III to pay his ransom.
Throughout 1360 to 1365, Chaucer joined the royal service, traveling around Europe on diplomatic missions.
In 1367, Chaucer is hired as an esquire in the household of King Edward III.
On June 10th, 1367 King Edward III granted him a pension of twenty marks for his past and future services.
Geoffrey Chaucer: Marriage
In 1366, Chaucer married Philippa Roet, daughter of Sir Payne Roet. She was a lady in the queens chamber.
This marriage led him to the alliance of many royalties affiliated with the queens chamber.
The marriage conveniently helped Chaucer accomplish his career in the English court.
In 1369, when the queen died, it strengthened Philippa's position and consequently, Chaucer's as well.
In 1387, Philippa passed away, leading to an abrupt end to Chaucer's relationships and royal annuities and suffered financial hardship.
Geoffrey Chaucer: Personality
Many sources would say that Chaucer could be characterized as:
Independent of thought
"The Father of English Literature"
Geoffrey Chaucer: Major Literature Pieces
Chaucer's most famous works include:
Parliament of Fouls (otherwise known as Parlement of Foules in Middle English spelling)
Troilus and Criseyde
Book of the Dutchess
The Canterbury Tales
The Legend of Good Women
A Treatise on the Astrolabe
Geoffrey Chaucer: Professional
Chaucer's first official job was a public servant.
In 1368 he had risen to become one of the king's esquires.
In 1377 and 1388 Chaucer was committed in other diplomatic missions, with intentions of finding a French wife for Richard II and securing military aid in Italy.
He also worked as a courtier, and a civil servant; as well as working for the king, collecting and inventorying scrap metal.
Chaucer's most known job was, of course, an author/poet. He started writing when he was around twenty years of age untill he died (1361-1390's)
"People can die of mere imagination."