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1 Sahana Premkumaar, Ryan Rahman, Pranav Subramanian The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer

2 Early Life  Born - c. 1343 to John Chaucer & Agnes Copton (most likely in London)  Parents were well-off, owned several buildings in London  Dad (John Chaucer) a wealthy wine merchant  Nice education (probably had some exposure to Latin, Greek, and classics)  1357 - Became a page to Elizabeth, Countess of Ulster (wife of King Edward III’s son)  Joined English army’s invasion of France during The Hundred Years’ War  Taken prisoner during Siege of Rheims; King Edward III of England paid his ransom in 1360 King Edward III

3 Middle Life  1366 - Married Philipa de Roet, a lady-in-waiting for king’s wife  1367 – Received life pension from King  Had 4 kids with Philipa (Thomas Chaucer, Elizabeth Chaucy, Agnes and Lewis Chaucer)  Heavily influenced by his dealings in “exotic” places in Genoa  Began writing poems in 1370 Portrait of Chaucer

4 Jobs  Page, courtier, member of Parliament (elected in 1386 for Kent), collector of scrap metal, justice of peace, clerk  June 20, 1367- Appointed as valet for the king  1372 & 1378 - Was sent on diplomatic missions to other nations like France and Genoa  Exposed to great men like Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio  June 8, 1374 - Appointed as comptroller of customs for wools, skins, and hides for London; a lucrative job  Held the above post for a dozen years  Worked on some of his most famous works Chaucer on diplomatic missions

5 Later Years  1387 - Wrote The Canterbury Tales  Oversaw royal projects & worked with both Edward III and Richard II (Edward III’s successor)  Death - October 25, 1400 Chaucer’s most famous work

6 Legacy  Father of English Poetry  First poet to be buried in the “Poet’s Corner” of Westminster Abbey  Decasyllabic couplet used in The Canterbury Tales evolved into the heroic couplet, commonly used for epic and narrative poetry in English  Pioneered the regular use of iambic pentameter Chaucer’s Tomb at Westminster Abbey

7 Bibliography Fleming, John. "College Board." AP Central. CollegeBoard, n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2014.. "Geoffrey Chaucer." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2014.. "Geoffrey Chaucer." Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2014.. Laird, Judith. "Biography Of Geoffrey Chaucer." Critical Insights: The Canterbury Tales (2010): 6-10. Literary Reference Center. Web. 2 Dec. 2014.. Sanna, Ellyn. "Chaucer, Geoffrey." In Harold Bloom, ed. Geoffrey Chaucer, Bloom's BioCritiques. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishing, 2002. Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 2 Dec. 2014.. Strohm, Paul. "Chaucer, Geoffrey." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2014. Web. 2 Dec. 2014..

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